Ph.D. Program

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We have one goal at the doctoral program at the College of Journalism and Communications: create well-rounded colleagues who drive the greatness in communication through discovery of new knowledge. Everything we do ladders up to this mission. At the UFCJC we pride ourselves in the unprecedented access and support we provide our doctoral candidates. Grounded in true collaboration between faculty and students, academic professionals leave our program among the most well-regarded, well-rounded, and, well, greatest in the nation.

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

Our doctoral program prepares students for greatness in teaching, research, consulting, and contributions to 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.

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

Greatness demands results. That’s why we’re so proud of our results in a 2010 analysis of American communications doctoral programs. In a study that focused on objective and quantifiable measures (not the subjective measures used by other rankings), we were ranked sixth of over 90 programs. As a graduate of our program you’ll be competitive for the world’s best academic jobs. What this ranking doesn’t reflect is the greatness driven by diversity at UF. Made possible only by one of the largest enrollments in the country and one of the most international doctoral communities in the nation. Greatness on greatness on greatness.

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

Our program features renowned faculty in five key areas of research focus:

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

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Fake News Isn’t New; History Offers A Way To Fight It


Fake news is nothing new. Rich Shumate, media historian and CJC Ph.D. candidate, takes us through a piece of its history.

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Ministry of Truth a Looming Danger


With various alternatives and mounting evidence calling into question the impact of fake news, do the American people really need the government to establish truth from untruth?

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What Universities Can Do About Digital Literacy in the Age of Fake News


People can’t differentiate between paid advertising and editorial content. Here are five ways to increase media literacy.

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Is Awareness Ever Enough?


The Frank Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications Ann Christiano, the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications sat down with Kristen Grimm, president of Spitfire Strategy, to discuss the role of raising awareness in driving long-lasting social change.

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