About the Doctoral Program
The doctoral of philosophy (Ph.D.) program within the UC Davis Department of Communication requires 56 units of coursework and involves qualifying examinations, a dissertation and a final oral examination. Some of our doctoral students come to us after obtaining their master's degree at another institution. A master's degree is not required, however, for admission into our doctoral program. If you are interested in doctoral-level studies, you may apply to the Ph.D. program even if your highest educational credential is a bachelor's degree.