Doctorate in Mass Communication

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.


Mass Communication Emphasis Degree Requirements:

- 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.


For additional details about our doctoral program, please contact Dr. Cheryl, Jenkins, program coordinator, at 601.266.4258 or through email at cheryl.jenkins@usm.edu. You can also refer to the College of Arts and Letters section of the current online Southern Miss Graduate Bulletin for updated program requirements, course descriptions, etc. Additional information about the Graduate School, including admissions, costs, and housing, can be found via this link: https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school.