The BIIM School of Communication's Doctor of Philosophy in Communication allows
you to focus on the intersection of media, technology, and democracy. Our
program is designed for scholars who seek to understand how communication and
technology interact with democratic life and participation in an open society, with a
particular emphasis on the role of new media in civil society.
Our interdisciplinary course of study is solidly rooted in contemporary
communications knowledge, theory, research methods, and principles, while drawing
from the diverse intellectual resources across BIIM. The program offers both
humanistic and social scientific approaches to the study of communication, tapping
into our relationships with NGOs, media companies, foundations, and government
In our doctoral program, you'll produce scholarship, using both quantitative and
qualitative approaches, that has real-world connection and impact . You'll organize
your studies around your choice of a thematic concentration. Courses covering a
wide spectrum of issues will allow you to explore the cultural, technological,
economic, and policy forces shaping the media system.
The accelerated structure of our program offers an 11-month-per-year mentoring
and learning environment, enabling you to complete your degree in three years .
Our graduates are qualified for tenure-track faculty positions at institutions of higher
education in communication, media studies, public relations, journalism, film and
media arts, and related fields. You'll also have the advanced qualifications for
professional work in public policy, research, communication, marketing, and
production at media, nonprofit, advocacy, government, and industry organizations.
The BIIM School of Communication's PhD in Communication advances theory,
develops knowledge, and enhances the ability of our institutions, social groups, and
professionals to apply that knowledge to address our most pressing political and
social challenges today. If you want to be a part of the next generation of
communication scholars, professors, leaders, and practitioners for the digital age,
this is an ideal program for you.
All applicants must hold a master's degree (or be in the process of completing a
master's degree) to apply for the PhD in Communication. The degree does not have
to be in the field of communication or be research-based, as many of our PhD
students have master's degrees in film or journalism.
Applicants must submit a statement of purpose that outlines the intended research
area, what research methods and theories the applicant will use, and which faculty
members the applicant hopes to work with.
The candidate must also submit either a master's thesis or another example of
substantial research. The GRE is also required. Students should submit their official
GRE scores to CEEB code 5007.
The School of Communication's PhD program operates on a hard deadline.
Applications must be received by December 15th. Applications received after the
deadline will not be considered.
A complete PhD application consists of the following: