Ph.D. in Communication

School of Communication & the Arts

The Doctor of Philosophy in Communication is an online program with a residency requirement designed for Christian scholars who are called to study the teachings, scholarly writing and research in the field of communication. Become better equipped as a Christian communicator and scholar so that you can make a lasting impact, whether as a listener, writer, speaker or thought leader.

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as current and historical trends in communication.
  • Explore how people process and understand mediated, global, interpersonal and organizational communication.
  • Practice academic writing and presentation of scholarship, including preparation of conference papers and writing for journals, book chapters and books.

Career Opportunities:

  • Professorship
  • Executive Leadership
  • Media Relations
  • Media/Market Analysis
  • Research
  • Writing

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Delivery Format: On Campus | Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 56-62

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer Start: February 1 Deadline
  • Fall Start: May 1 Deadline
  • Spring Start: October 1 Deadline

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


Admissions Process:

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’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.

Faculty Recommendations (Two required - preferably from professors in your master's study program)


Step 5: Current Résumé 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

This academic writing sample assesses your ability to think critically and ensures your writing acumen is at a level commensurate with demands of doctoral level academic writing. To assess your writing ability, please submit an academic paper or thesis from your master’s level degree with the following: at least 8-10 pages, scholarly resources and citations. The faculty committee will accept any scholarly reference style including but not limited to MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian. 

Please electronically submit your writing sample to using the subject line: SCA Doctoral Application Pieces or upload it within your application portal. 


Step 7: Personal Goals Statement

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


Step 8: Official GRE Scores

Official scores can be sent to Regent 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.


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 1, 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.






Rates (2017-2018)

Ph.D. in Communication Program

$885/credit hour

Course Infrastructure Fee

$200/course (Fee discontinued from Session A 2017 for online students.)

Technology Fee


Student Parking

$100/semester (on-campus students)

Council of Graduate Students

$15/semester (on-campus students)

Library Course

$50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)

Late Fee

$100 (Applied due to late registration or late payment.)

Residency is a necessary component to building academic fellowship and camaraderie among a community of scholars. On-campus doctoral students meet the residency requirement by completing two consecutive semesters in which they are registered for at least six credit hours each semester and meet with faculty throughout each semester, excluding summer sessions.

All  doctoral  students  must  attend  a  three-credit  hour  on-campus  seminar,  COM  700  Introduction  to  Doctoral  Studies  in Communication, scheduled for one week in the summer before the student’s first fall term of study. This seminar is a daily, intensive reading/lecture/writing course in the field of communication studies. The course also is designed to orient students to the doctoral program, the School’s faculty, and doctoral-level study in the communication field.

Doctoral students are expected to complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree with seven years. Doctoral course offerings are normally on an 18-month rotation so that full-time  students can complete their required coursework in a 24 to 36 month time period.

Whether you are a prospective student or a current student, your questions matter. Please take a few moments to skim our Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

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