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

Qualifying Examinations

Students typically take the doctoral qualifying examination during the winter quarter of the third year.

Course Requirements

The doctoral program requires no less than 56 units of core and elective coursework, as described below.

Sample Four-Year Program

This is a representative sample of how a four-year doctoral program may be structured.

Dissertation and Final Oral Exam

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.