Ph.D. in Communication Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines*

  • Summer: January 1
  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: October 1

*Or until the cohort is full. To determine if space is available, please contact the Admissions Office at or 757.352.4243.

Admissions Process

Scroll down to review each portion of the application process, or use the links below to go directly to a specific step.

Note: Your application to the graduate School of Communication & the Arts will be complete when you have submitted all of the above items. Your completed file will be submitted to the Doctoral Faculty Secretary on February 1st, after which some candidates will be contacted to schedule a faculty appointment. Interviews can be conducted on-campus or over the phone and typically take one hour.


Step 1: Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Communication & the Arts on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee. RSVP Today!

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts

Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: SCA Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 4: Recommendations

Submit our online recommendation forms to provide us with contact information for each of your recommendations. We will use this information to contact each recommender and provide them with the appropriate recommendation form.

Step 5: Current Resume or Vitae

Provide a professional résumé of employment and accomplishments, including copies of published materials. Email to using the subject line: SCA Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4394.

Step 6: Writing Sample

Your original essay should be at least 1000 words (Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced). Submit electronically to an admissions counselor at using the subject line: SCA Doctoral Application Pieces.

Identify, discuss and assess current trends in the field of communication and the arts that are important for the development of our social and spiritual environments. In addressing this question, you should reference scholars and writers in the field who contribute to our understanding of the challenges we face in this area. Be sure to justify your response with sound reasoning and references (APA stylebook preferred).

Step 7: Personal Goals Statement

Submit a Personal goals statement outlining how your goals align with Regent University and the program to which you are applying.

Step 8: Official GRE Scores

Official scores can be sent to Regent University through by using code 5135.


Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

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