Doctorate in Mass Communication

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission:

  • Master's Record - A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better is required.
  • Graduate Record Examination - Scores from the GRE must be submitted.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language - Applicants whose native language is not English must attain a TOEFL score of 550 (79 for online test).
  • Letters of Recommendation - The admission committee reviews letters of recommendation to gain a better understanding of the applicant's abilities in communication areas and in critical thinking. Three current letters of recommendation that address the applicant's readiness for doctoral study are required. Applicants should request letters of recommendation from faculty in their major field of study who are well acquainted with their academic abilities.
  • Statement of Goals - Applicants must submit a written statement of goals (500-750 words). This statement enables the applicant to discuss career plans and to supply additional information that will assist in selecting those individuals who can most benefit from and contribute to, the graduate communication programs.
  • Work Experience - Applicants with relevant work experience are encouraged to submit a résumé showing job responsibilities and accomplishments.
  • Writing Sample

Conditional Admission:
Students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission, provided the applicant possesses a GPA of 3.25 in his or her master's program. The requirements for letters of recommendation, TOEFL score, and statement of goals are the same as for regular admission.

Doctoral students admitted on conditional admission status must earn a 3.50 on the first nine semester hours of course work numbered 600 or above or on all course work taken while completing this nine-hour requirement. The courses must be taken in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication: Mass Communication Emphasis Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program is structured and guided for each student in consultation with a major professor and doctoral committee. The doctoral degree requires a minimum of 54 semester hours of course work beyond the master's (or 84 semester hours beyond the bachelor's). A four-course sequence in theory and research is required of all doctoral students.

- MC 607 Theories of Mass Communication
- MC 608 Critical & Cultural Theory 
- MC 720 Introduction to Graduate Research 
- MC 722 Communication Research Methods

Minor Courses - Doctoral students may elect an outside minor consisting of 12 semester hours approved by the student's major professor and academic committee. These hours count as part of the 54- or 84-hour degree plan.