25 PhD Programs in Journalism and Mass Communication

A PhD is an advanced degree to follow undergraduate or graduate coursework, and is typically the highest level of education a student can achieve. PhD programs usually require significant and original research in a field of study, as well as the completion of a dissertation or thesis. What is a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication? A PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication is an advanced degr… Read more

A PhD is an advanced degree to follow undergraduate or graduate coursework, and is typically the highest level of education a student can achieve. PhD programs usually require significant and original research in a field of study, as well as the completion of a dissertation or thesis.

What is a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication? A PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication is an advanced degree in the field of communications. Many programs require professional journalism or media experience in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications or a related field. Courses can include topics like mass communication theory, foundations in mass communication research, and mass communication research methodology.

A PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication provides graduates with a number of skills valuable to future employers including strong written and verbal communications skills. Additionally, information-gathering abilities and critical-thinking skills are useful in a variety of professions and in one’s daily life.

The total cost of obtaining a PhD can vary. Factors that influence costs include location of the school, length of study, and the type of program. Researching programs costs before applying can help assure prospective students of a good fit.

A PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication prepares graduates for a career in mass communication and journalism education, but is also useful in a variety of related fields. Graduates may be a good fit for positions like communications director, press secretary, public affairs officer, media relations officer, advertising executive, or for research positions. Additional skills allow graduates to work in a variety of professions in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. 

PhD programs are available full-time and part-time, and many programs include the option to take courses online in addition to in-person. Programs are available around the world. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication
Philadelphia, USA

Temple University’s Doctoral Program in Media and Communication connects a strong media core with intellectual work in the humanities and social sciences and helps you prepare ... +

Temple University’s Doctoral Program in Media and Communication connects a strong media core with intellectual work in the humanities and social sciences and helps you prepare for a career in academia or career paths in consulting, education, finance, government, industry, law, policy or research. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
7 years
English
Aug 2020
Campus
 
University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
Prague, Czech Republic

A Ph.D. by publication is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel a ... +

A Ph.D. by publication is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and publishable results. A UNYP Ph.D. by publication usually requires a minimum of three years, during which time there should be three publications, in literature approved by the University of Bolton. These publications should be in relation to the student's thesis and area of expertise and should develop the student’s knowledge of the subject. The award of this Ph.D. is based purely on these three published works and as such rewards on-going activities rather than additional work. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
McMaster University Faculty of Humanities
Hamilton, Canada

The challenges we face today—social and environmental injustice, climate change, precarious work, surveillance, and a shrinking public sphere—are big, complex and multifaceted ... +

The challenges we face today—social and environmental injustice, climate change, precarious work, surveillance, and a shrinking public sphere—are big, complex and multifaceted. Among their many other dimensions, they are questions of communication and culture, which demand urgent engagement. The Ph.D. in Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies (CNMCS) is for creative students who embrace complexity, love difficult questions, and hunger for intellectual, artistic, and pedagogical risk-taking driven towards positive social change. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
08 Sep 2020
01 Feb 2020
Campus
 
IUMW - International University of Malaya-Wales
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The research in the PhD programme is an in-depth investigation of specific research issues related to a professional communication discipline with the aim of enhancing and con ... +

The research in the PhD programme is an in-depth investigation of specific research issues related to a professional communication discipline with the aim of enhancing and contributing to new knowledge in that discipline. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
European College for Liberal Studies
Barcelona, Spain +5 More

Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies (60 credits)

Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies (60 credits) -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
06 Jan 2020
Campus
 
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá, Colombia

The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information offered by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is an advanced research platform, of inter and transdisciplinary natu ... +

The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information offered by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is an advanced research platform, of inter and transdisciplinary nature, at the confluence of communication, languages and information. Three areas of work feed the program: Communication, Languages and Interculturality; Information, Technology and Society and Sociohistorical Studies of Media, Communication and Languages. It addresses problems of great complexity and social relevance, underlying a society highly mediated by technology and the deep imbrication of communication, languages and information with cultural diversity, from a critical and historical perspective. It offers a solid and diverse training in contemporary research methodologies in the social sciences. It contemplates the modality of doctoral thesis in investigation-creation. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
Spanish
Jan 2020
Campus
 
Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations
Budapest, Hungary

Communication allows individuals and organizations to conceive, recognize and comprehend their own sociocultural environment. The sociocultural environment of human social-cul ... +

Communication allows individuals and organizations to conceive, recognize and comprehend their own sociocultural environment. The sociocultural environment of human social-cultural existence consists in patterns in the utilization of symbols. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5, Czech Republic

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communication, it ... +

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communication, its evolution, changes and relationships with other social spheres. The field of study is interdisciplinary. The intent is to study communication strategies, their social assumptions, and their effects. The field is conceived theoretically but the graduate may also have access to practical processes because it helps to better understand the role of semiosis in the process of mass media communication. Students are encouraged to build on the traditional lines of exploration of both world and Czech semiotics and communication philosophy to acquire the latest theoretical knowledge and to develop them creatively. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
French, English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of Audiovisual Communication on a topic selected in consultation with the Depa ... +

The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of Audiovisual Communication on a topic selected in consultation with the Departmental Chairperson. A maximum of four advanced seminars on relevant aspects of the topic of study and an oral examination (the equivalent of two papers each consisting of four modules) as prescribed in the General Regulation book are required. A research article that is suitable for publication in an academic journal is required. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña, Spain +9 More

The Doctoral Program in Information and Communication Technologies was given for the first time in 2000/2001, coinciding with the creation of the University Department with th ... +

The Doctoral Program in Information and Communication Technologies was given for the first time in 2000/2001, coinciding with the creation of the University Department with the same name. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Media and Film Studies at SOAS has an expanding programme of doctoral research with some thirty research students currently enrolled. Our research students work on an exceptio ... +

Media and Film Studies at SOAS has an expanding programme of doctoral research with some thirty research students currently enrolled. Our research students work on an exceptionally wide range of topics, both theoretical and empirical, with about half coming from Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and half from Europe and North America. The Centre puts emphasis on the acquisition of critical theoretical skills and in-depth regional, linguistic and cultural knowledge of media and film forms and practices. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου
Cyprus Online, Cyprus

The doctoral program "Information and Communication Systems" has as main mission the research on issues related to Information and Communication Systems.

The doctoral program "Information and Communication Systems" has as main mission the research on issues related to Information and Communication Systems. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Greek
Online
 
University of Nicosia
Nicosia, Cyprus

With strengths across the fields of Media and Communication, the Department of Communications offers aspirant researchers and accomplished professionals a strong platform to d ... +

With strengths across the fields of Media and Communication, the Department of Communications offers aspirant researchers and accomplished professionals a strong platform to develop both their academic interests and their career. The Department aims to provide an inspiring and vibrant environment for postgraduate research, to support the development of research and presentation skills, and to respond to the academic needs of our students. We create opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction and we pride ourselves on helping our students to extend their professional networks by organizing conferences, seminars, and events that aim to establish close links with the media industry and the local and international academic community. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English, Greek
Campus
 
Harbin Engineering University (HEU)
Harbin, China

This Communication and Information System discipline is a site conferring Doctor degree. More than 200 papers are published and over 50 of them were indexed by SCI、EI and ISTP ... +

This Communication and Information System discipline is a site conferring Doctor degree. More than 200 papers are published and over 50 of them were indexed by SCI、EI and ISTP ... -
PhD
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Canterbury, United Kingdom

The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies, successfully combining modern enginee ... +

The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies, successfully combining modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Jan 2020
Campus