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PhD Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. degree in communication requires completion of at least 72 hours of graduate work, with a minimum of 50 credit hours in communication courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a M.A. degree (or equivalent).

A. Required Courses

B. Candidates must also complete

A minimum of four 500 level communication courses (12 credit hours). These courses are survey/lectures substantive areas in communication.

A minimum of two 600 level communication courses (6 credit hours). These courses are designated as Doctoral Seminars and should be later during the student's final year of course work.

A minor area of concentration, consisting of a minimum of 9 credit hours of courses taken outside the Communication Department. The determination of what constitutes a minor will be made by the student's advisory committee.

At least one methods course outside the department. This requirement is intended to supplement the Department's methods core. The selection of the course to complete the student's methodological training should be made in consultation with his/her Advisory Committee.

Successful completion of departmental instructional requirement. All Ph.D. students are required to fulfill a one course instructional requirement, which may be satisfied either through assumption of primary teaching responsibility for an undergraduate class of by assisting a professor teaching a course.

Successful completion of written preliminary examinations and their oral defense; successful completion of dissertation.

Students entering the program with a master's degree may petition their Advisory Committee to have specific requirements exempted.