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The mission of the Department of Communication is to provide students with a broad understanding of human communication in various contexts, across diverse cultures, and through multiple systems. The Program engages students in lifelong learning that addresses socially and globally pressing communication challenges through scholarly, creative, critical, and practical curriculum and instruction. The Department of Communication offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Master’s degree is a non-thesis degree obtained as part of a Doctoral degree in Communication. The focus of the Department of Communication is International and Intercultural Communication.
The intent of the Ph.D. program is to graduate students with scholarly competencies enabling them to assume roles as intellectual leaders of the field of international and intercultural communication as well as public intellectuals stimulating discussion of significant communication issues.
Ph.D. Program Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements for consideration for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Communication include:
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher OR obtainment of MA degree in Communication.
- Statement of interest, including personal goals and the relevance of the Ph.D. in Communication to those goals.
- Original academic paper, 10-15 pages in length, reflecting the student’s ability to articulate and synthesize ideas.
- Three letters of recommendation from sources familiar with the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student in Communication.
- Graduate Record Examination General Test.
- To be considered for a teaching assistantship, the student must submit a statement of teaching philosophy and letters of recommendation must address the student’s teaching abilities.
- Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
Note: Students whose native language is not English are not permitted to hold teaching assistantships unless they have attained a score of at least 50 on the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) or the TSE (Test of Spoken English). The test is administered at the University, after the student arrives on campus.
Ph.D. Program Degree Requirements
Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Department of Communication.
Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree set forth by the Department of Communication include:
- Completion of 90 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Thirty credit hours from a Master’s degree in communication or related discipline completed at another institution may be applied toward the 90 credit hours.
- Core Requirements, including: (15 cr)
- COMM 501 Theoretical Perspectives in Communication
- COMM 505 Concepts in Quantitative Communication Research
- COMM 506 Concepts in Qualitative Communication Research
- COMM 535 Intercultural Communication
- COMM 550 International and Global Communications
- Elective Requirements from COMM, including: (minimum 21 cr)
- COMM 512 Communication Ethics, Law, & Regulation
- COMM 515 International and Intercultural Narrative Communication
- COMM 525 Interpersonal Relations and Communication
- COMM 528 Intercultural Global Conflict
- COMM 530 Gender, Culture, & Communication
- COMM 533 Communication and International Development
- COMM 538 International Media
- COMM 540 Communication and Organizations
- COMM 543 International and Intercultural Indigenous Communication
- COMM 549 Communication Technologies, Society, & Diversity
- COMM 570 Seminar in Communication
- Additional Electives, including: (minimum 15 cr)
- Interdisciplinary coursework
- Remaining courses from COMM electives above
- COMM 591 Individual Readings and Research
- Completion of a non-thesis MA research project; Comm 997 (9 cr)
- Comprehensive Examination, taken prior to 63 total credit hours toward the Ph.D.
- Dissertation; Comm 999 (15 cr)
*Total Ph.D. Credits (including 30 credits from Master’s or related field): 90 credits
*For more information, check out the current Graduate Student Handbook