This is the first version of the 2021-22 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The Doctor of Philosophy program in mass communications requires 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program provides training in research methods, communication theory, and teaching skills.

The program emphasizes interdisciplinary studies, with coursework and research tailored to each student’s interests under the guidance of faculty members. The school offers several areas of strength to support graduate student research in both traditional and digital media:

  • critical and cultural studies,
  • sports and media,
  • international/development studies,
  • health and science communication,
  • journalism studies, and
  • history of media and media institutions.

Students in the Ph.D. program in mass communications must complete the following curriculum:

JMC:6100M.A./Ph.D. Seminar (must register for a total of 8 s.h.; should enroll every semester for entire program of study)8
JMC:6200Humanistic Approaches to Media Communication3
JMC:6300Social Scientific Approaches to Media Communication3
JMC:6920Ph.D. Research Practicum (for guided reading)3
JMC:6999Dissertation (must register for at least 4 s.h.)4
RHET:5100Practicum: College Teaching and Professional Development for Teaching Assistants1
Additional Professionalization Courses2
Methods Area Courses3
Theory Area Courses3
Concentration Courses6
Electives 6
Credit from master's degree and/or additional Ph.D. courses30
Total Hours72

For a more detailed description of the Ph.D. program, contact the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations on the Graduate College website.

Admission to the program is for fall entry.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers research and teaching assistantships for graduate students; preference is given to Ph.D. students. Students have been successful in winning competitive fellowships open to all graduate students; applicants must be nominated by the graduate committee.

Students in this program prepare for careers as teachers and industry researchers.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Mass Communications, Ph.D.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
72 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; maximum of 30 s.h. of graduate transfer credits from master's allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a, b  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
JMC:6700 Approaches to Media Communication 3
Methods, Theory or Relevant Elective c, d 3
RHET:5100 Practicum: College Teaching and Professional Development for Teaching Assistants e 1
JMC:6100 M.A./Ph.D. Seminar f 1
 Hours8
Spring
JMC:6333 Seminar in Media Communication 3
Methods, Theory or Relevant Elective c, d 3
Concentration Course d 3
JMC:6100 M.A./Ph.D. Seminar f 1
 Hours10
Second Year
Fall
Methods, Theory or Relevant Elective c, d 3
Concentration Course d 3
Professionalization e 2
JMC:6100 M.A./Ph.D. Seminar f 1
 Hours9
Spring
Methods, Theory or Relevant Elective c, d 3
Guided Reading g 3
JMC:6100 M.A./Ph.D. Seminar f 1
 Hours7
Third Year
Fall
Dissertation Prospectus h  
JMC:6999 Dissertation i 1
JMC:6100 M.A./Ph.D. Seminar f 1
Comprehensive Exam j  
 Hours2
Spring
JMC:6999 Dissertation i 1
JMC:6100 M.A./Ph.D. Seminar f 1
 Hours2
Fourth Year
Fall
JMC:6999 Dissertation i 1
JMC:6100 M.A./Ph.D. Seminar f 1
 Hours2
Spring
JMC:6999 Dissertation i 1
JMC:6100 M.A./Ph.D. Seminar f 1
Final Exam k  
 Hours2
 Total Hours42