The Ph.D. in Communications Media and Instructional Technology is designed to develop scholars who are prepared to conduct advanced research and are experts in the following areas: communications theory; the impact of media on culture; and the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of training. Graduates will synthesize knowledge from domains within the communication field and related disciplines as they assume leadership roles in diverse professional, business, and military environments.
The 60-credit program, designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in academia, business, or the military with a research focus on Communications Media and Instructional Technology, provides students with the culture and theory courses, research courses, and production of media courses with an emphasis on current and emerging technologies. Upon completion of the Ph.D. in Communications Media and Instructional Technology program, the graduate is prepared to:
Students seeking admission to the Ph.D. in communications must satisfy the minimum School of Graduate Studies and Research requirements and have a master's degree in communications or related field. International students are required to comply with specified admission criteria.
All applicants must also submit the following for review by the doctoral program committee:
The doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s: 48 credits of classes and 12 credits of dissertation work.
Two courses from the following:
Courses from the list below as needed to bring the total number of credits to 60:
A dissertation is required of all doctoral candidates and must demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of his/her research and produce results of an original investigation in the field of communications media and instructional technology. The goal should be to make an original scholarly contribution to the field.
Total 60 Credits beyond a master’s or master’s equivalency
Each student admitted to the doctoral program is eligible for doctoral degree candidacy after successful completion of twelve graduate credits in the doctoral program with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. To obtain candidacy, the student must successfully complete an oral and written candidacy examination.
Comprehensive ExaminationThe comprehensive examination will be used to determine the student’s progress in the field of Communications Media and Instructional Technology and the student’s likelihood of success in the research-dissertation phase.
The program recognizes the need to foster a doctoral culture that encourages and enables students to share and discuss ideas with each other and with experts in their chosen field of study. There are four options for meeting this requirement.
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