Doctoral Program Preparation

The Ph.D. program is designed for students with backgrounds in communication or a related field, notably, psychology, sociology, political science or the social aspects of computer science.


Students entering the program with insufficient undergraduate background in communication theory, statistics and computer science will be required to make up these deficiencies before undertaking graduate-level course work.

Entering students will work with their advisor to determine:

1.   the adequacy of their backgrounds in communication theory and statistical methods

2.   the nature of any necessary remedial work, and

3.   their future course of study

Students must have oral and written competence in English that is sufficient to complete all degree requirements. Foreign language credits are not required for application to the program.