The doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 credit
hours beyond the master’s: 48 credits of classes and 12 credits of dissertation
The curriculum consists of required and elective courses in the three core
areas. Additional electives are being developed. Students will be required to
develop a planned program of study in consultation with their advisor and the
doctoral coordinator. Details can be found on the program’s Curriculum page.
Each student admitted to the doctoral program is eligible for doctoral
degree candidacy after successful completion of 12 graduate credits in the
doctoral program with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. To obtain candidacy, the
student must successfully complete a candidacy examination.
The comprehensive examination determines the student’s progress in the field
of media and communication studies and the student’s
likelihood of success in the research-dissertation phase.
A dissertation is required of all doctoral
candidates and must demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of their research and
produce results of an original investigation in the field of communications
media and communications. The goal should be to make an original
scholarly contribution to the field.