Online Doctoral Degrees in Communications

An online doctoral degree in communications may focus on the study of how people experience and understand media content. These three to five-year programs may provide instruction in communication regulation, media history, and the social effects on media and communication. The coursework for these programs may include dissertation classes alongside a set of core courses including history of communication, communication research, and advanced communication theory.

Upon graduation, students may seek employment in their chosen field. Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in post-secondary education, public relations, mass media, and publishing.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 21% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level programs in communications may include both core classes and dissertation courses. These classes may utilize advanced social science research methods to analyze current trends and theories in the study of communication. Core communications classes may include the following:

  • Advanced Communication Theory
  • History of Communication
  • Information Research and Resources
  • Communication Research
  • Philosophy and Communication
  • Communication in a Global Media Environment

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in public relations, media, advertising, politics, and publishing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in public relations are projected to increase by 21% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • College Professor
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Editor
  • Advertising Director
  • Media Relations Director

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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