Doctor of Philosophy in Communication

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for consideration for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Communication Program include:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher OR MA degree in Communication
  2. Statement of interest, including personal goals and the relevance of the Ph.D. in Communication to those goals.
  3. Original academic paper, 10-15 pages in length, reflecting the student’s ability to articulate and synthesize ideas.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from sources familiar with the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student in Communication.
  5. Graduate Record Examination General Test.
  6. To be considered for a teaching assistantship, the student must submit a statement of teaching philosophy and letters of recommendation must address the student’s teaching abilities.
  7. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Note: Students whose native language is not English are not permitted to hold teaching assistantships unless they have attained a score of at least 50 on the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) or the TSE (Test of Spoken English). The test is administered at the University, after the student arrives on campus.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Communication Program.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree set forth by the Communication Program include:

  1. Completion of 90 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Thirty credit hours from a Master’s degree in communication or related discipline may be applied toward the 90 credit hours.
  2. Core Requirements, including: (15 cr)
    COMM 501Theoretical Perpectives in Communication3
    COMM 505Concepts in Quantitative Communication Research3
    COMM 506Concepts in Qualitative Communication Research3
    COMM 535Intercultural Communication3
    COMM 550International and Global Communication3
  3. Elective Requirements from COMM (minimum of 21 credits chosen from the list below)
    COMM 512Communication Ethics, Law, and Regulation3
    COMM 515International and Intercultural Narrative Communication3
    COMM 525Interpersonal Relations and Communication3
    COMM 528Intercultural Global Conflict3
    COMM 530Communication, Society, & Diversity3
    COMM 533Communication and International Development3
    COMM 538International Media3
    COMM 540Communication and Organizations3
    COMM 543International and Intercultural Indigenous Communication3
    COMM 549Information Communication Technologies3
    COMM 570Seminar in Communication3
  4. Additional Electives (minimum of 15 credits chosen from the list below)
    Interdisciplinary coursework (maximum 9 credits)
    Remaining courses from COMM electives above
    COMM 591 Individual Readings and Research may be taken at discretion of Committee
  5. Completion of a non-thesis MA research project (9 credits: these may be taken as COMM 997 Credits)
  6. Comprehensive Examination
  7. Dissertation (15 cr)