About the Doctoral Program

 Doctoral students sitting, engaged in discussion.

Doctoral students develop their potentials as thinkers, researchers and leaders.

The program does not have formal tracks in the traditional areas that are typical of speech or mass communications programs. Rather, students are encouraged to focus their studies along the lines of the research interests of the faculty. These areas include:

  • persuasion
  • entertainment media
  • risk communication
  • international/intercultural communication issues
  • mathematical modeling of cognitive and sociocultural processes
  • communication technologies
  • communication and conflict resolution
  • health campaign communication

Graduate students are given an innovative educational experience that emphasizes:

  • a broad theoretical understanding of communication
  • an in-depth understanding of communication research methodologies
  • experience in the practical application of communication theory and research

in an environment that supports individual academic and career goals.

For a complete description of the Graduate Program you may download the Graduate Handbook (PDF format):