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PhD in Communication

The Doctor of Philosophy in Communication program offered at Regent University aims to prepare students to become advanced leaders in the area of communications. Find out more about about this online PhD in Communication program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication program at Regent University should be interested in pursuing a leadership career in communications. All doctoral level programs at Regent University require a master's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University's Doctor of Philosophy in Communication program is offered both online and on campus, with the online version requiring a one-week summer residency on campus. The course content is taught from a Christian worldview and aims to provide an interdisciplinary education, including in scholarly writing and research. Students could expect to learn quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as study the historical trends in communication and current trends and issues within the communication and arts fields. The program also provides students the opportunity to examine different types of communication, including mediated, global, interpersonal, and organizational, and how people process each of these.

Learning Format:

Online and on campus

Program Length:

56-64 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication:

Regent's Doctor of Philosophy in Communication program requires a minimum of 56 credits, but the doctoral seminar and mentoring courses can be repeated a limited number of times, which could result in a total of 64 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Communication
  • Communication Research: Historical / Critical Methodologies
  • Communication Research: Quantitative Methodologies
  • Communication Research: Qualitative Methodologies
  • Communication Research: Applied Methods
  • Advanced Communication Theory
  • History of Communication
  • Theology & Communication
  • Seminars (3-12 credits)
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Dissertation Credits (repeated in four consecutive semesters for a total of 12 credits)

Recommended Electives

  • Philosophy & Communication
  • Communication in a Global Environment
  • Academic Writing for Publication
  • Doctoral Seminar
  • Doctoral Mentoring: Pedagogy
  • Doctoral Mentoring: Research & Writing

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Those who graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication from Regent University could be ready to pursue a leadership position in the communications or arts fields. Graduates may look for roles in media companies, as communications executives, or in academia.

Possible career options include:

  • Communications executive
  • Media relations manager
  • University professor
  • Media consultant
  • Academic or book writer