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 (no minimum score required for consideration)
  6. Individuals applying to enroll in the program online are expected to enroll full time (i.e., 9 credits per semester) and should indicate they intend to do so in their statement of interest. Individuals applying to enroll in the program on campus may be considered for part-time enrollment, but full time is preferred. The intentions of the on-campus applicant should also be indicated in the statement of interest.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 specific 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 (15 cr) that must be taken from the Communication Department (i.e., no waivers or transfers allowed):
    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 515International and Intercultural Narrative Communication3
    COMM 522Data Mining & Analytics for Communication Professionals3
    COMM 523Social Network Analysis & Visualization3
    COMM 525Interpersonal Relations and Communication3
    COMM 528Intercultural Global Conflict3
    COMM 530Communication, Society, & Diversity3
    COMM 540Communication and Organizations3
    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 the discretion of the 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)

Additional Program Information

Students enrolled online are strongly encouraged to attend course synchronously, although completing them asynchronously is allowed.

On-campus or online students requesting tuition waivers or graduate assistantships must be full time students. Both tuition waivers and graduate assistantships are competitively awarded. Receipt of tuition waivers or a graduate assistantship one semester does not guarantee receipt of waivers or an assistantship in following semesters. Conversely, non-receipt of tuition waivers or a graduate assistantship does not mean waivers or an assistantships will not become available in the future.