Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. in Communication is designed to prepare competent researchers, effective leaders, and skilled practitioners with a biblical worldview who will model high standards and assume leadership roles within various organizations‒both for-profit and non-profit‒in the context of the fields of communication. Researchers and practicing leaders in this field are seen as those who assume a role in shaping the future direction of policies, goals, and objectives within a communication setting, whether it be in academic, corporate or church-affiliated settings.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Create effective communication solutions and applications using qualitative and quantitative tools.
- Analyze theoretical and applied concepts based upon research and knowledge of communication fields.
- Conduct original research that adds to the applied knowledge base of communication fields.
- Integrate communication concepts, solutions and applications with a Christian worldview.
Program Specific Admission Procedures
- Conferred Master’s degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
- Applicants should hold a 3.0 GPA for graduate study.
- TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).
Students may transfer up to 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses in communication from an accredited institution subject to department approval. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-; and courses must have been completed within 7 years of the start date of the program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.