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school of journalism & mass communication

Ph.D. Program

What’s inside:

* Program eligibility
* Application Process
* Ph.D. Degree Requirements
* Transferring credits to the Ph.D. program
* Written and oral examinations
* Ph.D. Dissertation
* Written & Oral Examinations

Program Overview

The SJMC Ph.D. program is designed to prepare independent scholars for academic careers in teaching and research in mass communication and related
fields. The program provides students with a solid foundation in the discipline through multifaceted exploration of the theories and methods that influence the shape and scope of mass communication research. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their own theoretical and methodological approaches to mass communication research and to interact and collaborate with our multidisciplinary faculty on cutting-edge research in mass communication in the global and multicultural context.

The typical career path for the Ph.D. students in our program is taking tenure-track academic positions at universities. Our Ph.D. graduates have been placed at top-ranked universities in the U.S. and other countries. Other Ph.D. graduates have pursued careers at high-profile non-profit organizations, major advertising, public relations and media organizations, research firms, large corporations and as consultants.
Program Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program, you must have completed, or be in the process of completing, a master's degree or equivalent advanced degree. If you are interested in the Ph.D. program but do not have an advanced degree, you should apply to the M.A. in mass communication with the intent of applying for a change of status during your second year of master's study.

Once admitted to the Ph.D. program, you work closely with a faculty adviser to select your dissertation field and supporting coursework. Common areas of research include:

* Communication law and regulation
* International mass communication
* Media ethics
* History of mass communication
* Mass media structures, processes and effects

In addition, our curriculum's interdisciplinary nature and the ability of students to minor allows students to customize specific research and career interests.
Application Process

Information about how to apply to the program can be found here.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements

All Ph.D. students must complete a minimum of 54 graduate credits, 24 thesis credits and a dissertation. All course work must be taken on an A-F grading basis.

The following requirements must be fulfilled to complete the Ph.D. program in mass communication:

1. Required core courses in Social Science or Humanities Methodology (12 credits)

Social Science Methodology Core
* JOUR 8001 Studies in Mass Communication I
* JOUR 8002: Studies in Mass Communication II

You also must take two of the following courses:
* JOUR 8501: The Process of Quantitative Mass Communication Research
* JOUR 8502: Mass Communication Research Design
* A complementary methods course (inside or outside SJMC) approved by your adviser and the DGS

Humanities Methodology Core
* JOUR 8001: Studies in Mass Communication I
* JOUR 8002: Studies in Mass Communication II

You also must take two of the following courses:
* JOUR 8601: Methods in Mass Communication History Research
* JOUR 8679: Research Methods in Media Ethics and Law
* One complementary methodology course offered inside or outside the SJMC
2. Dissertation and supporting area coursework (42 credits, of which at least 18 must be taken outside of the SJMC)
3. Doctoral thesis credits (24 credits)
4. Preliminary written examination
5. Preliminary oral examination
6. Approved dissertation
7. Final oral examination

Doctoral students pursuing international communication are expected to have or obtain high language proficiency in an appropriate area. Doctoral students in other areas are encouraged to consult with their advisers regarding the appropriateness of language study.

Written and oral preliminary examinations cover the required methodology core courses, dissertation area courses and supporting course work, and are taken when your graduate course work is complete (usually at the end of your third year of study).

As a doctoral student, you may not register for thesis credits until you have passed the preliminary oral examination. Preliminary written and oral examinations cover the required methodology core courses, dissertation area and supporting coursework.
Transferring credits to the Ph.D. program

You may request the transfer of the following types of course credits from the Graduate School after gaining approval from your adviser and the Director of Graduate Studies.

* Graduate credits earned at other recognized graduate institutions may be applied to doctoral degrees if the coursework was taken as an enrolled, graduate, degree-seeking student and the credits appear on official graduate school transcripts. In the case of a transfer from a non-U.S. institution, the credits must have been earned in a program judged by the Graduate School to be comparable to a graduate degree program of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
* A maximum of 12 credits of graduate-level work completed in the College of Continuing Education may be transferred to the doctoral program. This applies only to credits earned in CCE at the University of Minnesota; extension credits earned at other institutions may not be transferred. University of Minnesota extension courses must bear the special CCE transcript entry showing they were completed for graduate credit.

Note: Transfer of graduate credit is not allowed for courses completed through independent (correspondence) study, completed through extension or special categories at other institutions or taken before the awarding of a baccalaureate degree. See the Graduate School Catalog for complete transfer coursework guidelines.
Written and oral examinations
Preliminary Written Examination

Preliminary written Ph.D. examinations are scheduled to test mastery of the student's chosen area of study after coursework in the filed degree program has been completed. Written examinations cover the examinee's dissertation and supporting areas of study, including methodologies and mass communication research coursework.

Comprehensive and aimed at the highest levels of scholarship, the exams are designed to assess abilities in abstract and concrete thought, including:

* ability to conceptualize problems
* create and critique research designs
* assimilate, associate and synthesize areas of knowledge
* evaluate literature, research, theories, models and methodologies
* discern, discuss and explain substantive issues, problems, trends, alternative perspectives and research approaches in both general and specific areas of the field

An examination may include all or any combination of the above. Students should plan ahead and budget preparation time for the examinations. Generally, most students allow at least one semester for review, reading, thought and reflection in preparation for the examination.
Preliminary Oral Examination

After the Preliminary Written Examination Report has been submitted to the Graduate School, students may schedule the preliminary oral exam. Students are responsible for contacting their committee members and scheduling the oral examination. Students obtain the Graduate School Doctoral Preliminary Oral Examination Scheduling Form from the SJMC Graduate Studies Office. Preliminary oral examinations must be scheduled with the Graduate School at least one week in advance of the exam.

The preliminary oral examination is administered in compliance with the rules set forth in the Graduate School Catalog. All members of the committee and the student are expected to meet face-to-face for the examination in every circumstance possible. When a faculty member of a graduate committee cannot be present for an examination, special arrangements must be made well in advance with the Director of Graduate Studies.
Ph.D. Thesis Proposal

Before undertaking dissertation research, Ph.D. students, in consultation with their advisers, must prepare a written proposal. While dissertation proposals are not required until after successful completion of the written preliminary and oral examinations, many students complete the proposal prior to the preliminary oral examination and distribute copies to committee members to take advantage of the opportunity to receive committee-wide feedback. Drafts of proposals are unacceptable, and students considering this process must consult with their adviser.

Candidates cannot file a Graduate School Ph.D. Thesis Proposal Form (PDF) until their adviser and at least one other member of the examination committee have approved the proposal in writing. The Ph.D. Thesis Proposal Form is normally submitted no later than the semester after passing the preliminary oral examination.

The candidate’s final oral examination committee (at least four faculty members, including two thesis readers from mass communication and one from outside the SJMC) must be listed on the Thesis Proposal Form. Committee composition commonly remains the same through both the preliminary and final examinations.

Complete information about written and oral examinations as well as the Ph.D. dissertation process can be found in the SJMC Graduate Studies Customs and Rules book (PDF

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