The doctoral program in communication at North Dakota State University is unique. Students are encouraged to engage in applied research that seeks to solve real-world problems. While some programs produce dissertations and research that are read by few and used by no one, our program seeks to make a difference in the world. Our doctoral students, who come from a variety of academic backgrounds, strive to understand issues, solve problems, and create programs that can improve organizational, educational, interpersonal, and intercultural settings and situations.
Acceptance into the program is competitive. Students may enroll in up to 12 credit hours before they complete an application for the program. 63 credit hours beyond the master's degree are required, with 30 credit hours of courses focused on theory or issues associated with their concentration, 15 credit hours of research method courses, and at least 15 dissertation credits.
The strong emphasis on research in the program; the faculty's view of the centrality of teaching; the faculty's involvement in national and international associations; and the close working relationship students have with their advisor and other faculty members produce a number of positive outcomes. Students generally have two to three publications and multiple convention presentations at graduation, and students who are pursuing careers in the professoriate have a keen understanding of teaching and learning.
- Degree Requirements
- Research Requirements
- Graduate Assistantships
- Comprehensive Exams
- Graduate Student Handbook (updated September 2013)
For more information on the Ph.D. program, contact Dr. Amy O'Connor, Director of Graduate Studies.
Further details on graduate study can be on the NDSU Graduate School's website.