PhD School of Communication and Information

Admissions Ph.D.

Students in The School of Communication and Information's  Ph.D. program may elect to focus their study in the following areas:

  • Communication 
  • Library and Information
  • Media Studies

Prospective Ph.D. students should review doctoral program admissions requirements and deadlines before submitting an application. Information about all three doctoral areas of concentration can be found in the Ph.D. section

When to Submit An Application 

The application deadline for fall 2019 enrollment is January 5, 2019.

Application deadlines for the fall term are January 5 of each year, with late applications to be considered at a May 1 deadline. Students requesting financial aid, must apply by January 5.

The Ph.D. program only admits students for a fall semester start — no students are permitted to begin the program in spring.

Application forms for the Ph.D. program are available from the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions.

How Students Are Evaluated

An application for the Ph.D. Program will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores (verbal and quantitative combined scores normally exceed 300; a strong writing score is valued also). 
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic records (records equivalent to at least the 3.0 or B level).
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons with a relationship to the student in academic (or professional) contexts.
  • A personal statement from a student relating experience and research interests to the Ph.D. Program.
  • Score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native English-speaking applicants (scores should ideally be above 600 paper-based or 80 Internet-based). 

Students applying for admission to the Ph.D. program typically have completed a master's degree in communication, information science, library studies or another related academic or professional field. Highly qualified students from strong programs or research backgrounds without a master's degree may also apply in special circumstances, but should contact Ph.D. Program Director Jennifer Theiss before doing so.