Stanford University

Theory and Research Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program prepares students to conduct original research on communication processes and effects, within the tradition of the social and behavioral sciences. Most of our doctoral graduates enter academic teaching and research careers, or communication-related professions that require research skills. After a core curriculum of courses in both quantitative and qualitative methods, statistics, and mass communication theory, each student builds a research specialization through advanced courses and seminars in Communication and related departments, research projects, teaching, and an examination in the area of concentration. These requirements are normally completed in four years, and the dissertation in the fifth year.

Ph.D. Requirements and Procedures