Communication (Ph.D.)

Communication (Ph.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Advanced Core Courses
DIGI 700Digital & Strategic Communication Orientation I 13
DIGI 705Digital & Strategic Communication Orientation II3
DIGI 715Advanced Communication Theory3
DIGI 825Seminar: From Digital Analytics to Communication Action3
DIGI 835Current Topics in Content Communication3
DIGI 845Communicating Research Data3
Total Hours18

DIGI 700 Digital & Strategic Communication Orientation I (3 c.h.) is required of all entering doctoral students, and is a prerequisite for all remaining courses

Research Courses
DIGI 710Communication Research Methods3
DIGI 720Qualitative Data Analysis3
DIGI 750Qualitative Research Methods3
DIGI 760Mixed Methods Research3
DIGI 880Research Concepts3
Total Hours15
Professional Application Courses
COMS 640Event Planning & Donor Relations3
STCO 546Writing for Effective Social Media3
STCO 638Video Storytelling3
STCO 658Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age3
Total Hours12
Dissertation and Practicum Courses
COMS 987Dissertation I5
COMS 988Dissertation II5
COMS 989Dissertation III5
COMS 990Dissertation Defense0
Total Hours15

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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