Students typically take the doctoral qualifying examination during the winter quarter of the third year.
The doctoral program requires no less than 56 units of core and elective coursework, as described below.
This is a representative sample of how a four-year doctoral program may be structured.
The Ph.D. in Communication is a "Plan C" degree, which requires a written dissertation and a final oral examination. These requirements are overseen by a dissertation committee composed of no less than three faculty members.