• Home
  • Academics
  • Degrees
  • Communication Studies Graduate Program
  • PhD
  • Program Requirements

Communication Studies Graduate Program

Ph.D. Program Requirements

  1. Courses 859, 958 & 959 under Basic Communication Theory, for nine hours.
  2. A minimum of twenty-seven hours of additional subject matter courses.
     
    1. These courses must represent two areas of emphases.
    2. These areas will be developed by the student in consultation with an advisor and the Director of Graduate Study.
       
      *Terminal M.A. Candidates may request the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee for a waiver of one of these two courses and select another course in its place.
    3. If a student holds a Master's degree in Communication Studies (or equivalent), appropriate course work from this degree may be used as part of the twenty-seven hours of subject matter course requirements. However, the total number of hours from the M.A. program used to satisfy items 2c, 3, and 4 shall not exceed 24 hours.
  3. Eighteen hours of electives, which may be chosen from another department, or from any phase of our departmental program. These eighteen hours may be distributed and need not all be in the same department or program. The electives may be used to broaden or intensify the program as long as they constitute a meaningful course of study. Only six of these 18 hours may be in independent study. A student holding a Master's degree from another university will satisfy this elective requirement with 18 hours from his/her Master's program.
  4. A minimum of 15 hours of research methodology.
     
    1. Courses Required of all students
      851   Communication Research: Historical and Descriptive (3) or
      852   Communication Research: Experimentation and Quantitative Analysis (3)
    2. Choose twelve additional hours from the following course appropriate to the student's research/dissertation interest:
       
      1. Experimental and Quantitative Empirical Methods
        856 Quantitative Analysis (3)
        956 Principles of Analysis of Variance (3)
        957 Principles of Correctional& Multivariate Analysis (3)
        Note: Courses similar to 956 and 957 may be offered in other Departments when not offered in COMS. Check with adviser or Director of Graduate Study for appropriate equivalents.
      2. Historical/Critical
        HIST 805   Nature of History (3)
        ENGL 908   Seminar in Literary Criticism (3)
        COMS 951   Seminar in Movement Theory & Genre Criticism (3)
        COMS 952   Seminar in Mythic and Narrative Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism (3)
        COMS 955   Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (3)
        THDR 920   Practicum in Criticism (3)
      3. Qualitative-Empirical
        COMS 855   Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (3)
        ANTH 730   Linguistics in Anthropology (3)
        LING 728   Discourse Analysis (3)
        SOC 714   Field Methods & Participant Observation (3)
        COMS 848   Communication Audits in Organizations (3)
      4. In lieu of three hours of methodological course work, a student may elect to enroll in three hours of applied research in which he/she produces original research using one of the above methods. The final paper must meet the approval of the student's advisor and must be submitted to a professional society for presentation on a convention program or to a professional journal for possible publication.
         
        In lieu of three hours of methodological course work, a student may elect to demonstrate a high level of writing competence in one foreign language if he/she can show that knowledge of this language directly relates to his/her research and academic interests. Competence levels will be determined through consultation with the appropriate language department or program.
  5. M.S. thesis.
  6. Ph.D. Dissertation.
  7. Satisfactory completion of the oral comprehensive examination.
  8. Final oral examination.

Advising Information

Faculty Advising times for Summer and Fall 2017
More info (doc)

Colloquium Series
Departmental Awards

Communication Studies Department Awarded Inaugural Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship!
More Info

Chancellor Gray-Little congratulates Dr. Girod on being named the next #KUchancellor . Learn more about Dr. Girod:… https://t.co/TRpI5sYBTz


Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today