Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Program Ph.D. Program

We have one goal at the College’s doctoral program: produce world-class researchers and scholars who teach, work as professionals and drive greatness in communication through discovery of new knowledge. Everything we do ladders up to this mission.

Our doctoral program prepares students for excellence in research, teaching, consulting, and contributions to academic, government and private organizations. This takes hands-on experience with both teaching and research. The results? Students in our program have consistently been among the nation’s best in winning top-paper awards at scholarly conferences across the nation.

If accepted to our Ph.D. program, the College will fund a full four years, ranging from $27,000 – $35,000. Other benefits of our program include:

  • Excellent research and presentation opportunities (see our Research and Insights section for more on faculty and Ph.D. student research).

  • Strong interdisciplinary opportunities, within the College, across campus and with other institutions.

  • Grant application training from the College’s director of grants development.

Our program features 42 renowned doctoral faculty in seven key areas of research focus:

  • Communication and Technology
  • Health and Science Communication
  • Media Effects
  • Media Industry and Consumers
  • Law, Policy and History
  • International and Intercultural Communication
  • Strategic Communication

Grounded in true collaboration between faculty and students, academic professionals leave our program among the most well-regarded, well-rounded, and well-prepared in the nation. This is evident in our record of placement in top academic, research and professional positions. (Click here for a list of recent doctoral students and current place of employment.)

Read what some of our recent graduates have said about our program.

The biggest value of the degree from CJC is the greater recognition and credibility it has given me in my profession, a sense of accomplishment and personal growth, and the valuable connections I have made. Read More

In the Ph.D. program, you also gain experience in conducting and presenting your own research. You are able to network with colleagues in your field and build connections for the future. Read More

I strongly believe that my doctoral degree and training is what made me stand out among the hundreds of qualified candidates for the management position I currently hold. Read More