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Pursue a Doctorate in Strategic Communication at Regent University.

Doctor of Strategic Communication

Earn Your Doctor of Strategic Communication

Are you ready to make an immediate impact on how communication is understood and practiced in the world today? The Doctor of Strategic Communication is a highly marketable degree designed to meet the demand for exceptional professionals in high-level communication positions within the government, business, nonprofit, religious, and higher education sectors. You will learn strategic messaging tools and theories that will help guide you in real-world applications across various disciplines. You will also develop the tools necessary to handle crisis communication situations and learn how to apply communication solutions in a new media context.

Online w/ Residency
January 11, 2021
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COVID-19 Update: Concerned about travel? Spring residencies will be held online for your well-being and convenience.


Advance in leadership roles and position yourself to earn a higher salary.


Develop a theoretical foundation and apply the latest communication tools to solve real-world communication problems.


Presented from a Christian worldview, this degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop effective models of strategic communication for both public and private sectors.
  • Conduct original independent research to properly assess communication issues and effectiveness.
  • Integrate communication solutions based on research and practical expertise.

Career Opportunities

  • Scholar/Researcher
  • Strategic Communications Consultant
  • New Media Influencer
  • C-Level Leader
  • Writer/Author
  • Crisis Communication Expert

An interdisciplinary examination of the most current theories, scholarship, published research and trends and issues in all areas within the communication and arts fields.

Provides overview of the historical roots, methodologies and trends in the communication field with particular attention paid to specialized vocabulary and important writers and works.
A study of classic and contemporary social science research methodologies and statistics utilized in the study of communication with an emphasis on applications for the communication professional.
A study of classical and contemporary social science qualitative research methodologies used in and by strategic communication professionals.
Advanced application of social science research methodology. Focus on conducting effective communication audits in preparation for doctoral project. Prerequisites: COM 722 and 723.
An overview of crisis communication through examination of the history, prominent researchers, theories, strategies, and best practices used in all stages and types of crisis and crisis communication. Emphasis is on current real-world application which includes monitoring trends, utilizing digital tools, responding ethically, and critical thinking.

Seminars are special topics courses focusing on specific subdisciplines or involving broad interdisciplinary study. May be taken more than once under varying titles. May be taken by master's students with permission of instructor. Some seminars are taught on campus only.

A zero-credit course covering the doctoral project process.
Supervised doctoral project planning, preparation, and investigation. Involves initiating and performing various stages of a Communication Audit for a complex organization or multiple smaller organizations. Prerequisite: COM 724. Pass/No Pass.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.


Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

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

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts from U.S.-based schools, which indicate successful completion of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: SCA Doctoral Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institutions, which indicate successful completion of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. We will notify you if your previous institutions will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 4: Graduate Program Academic Paper

Please submit a scholarly or published writing sample that demonstrates your research, writing, analytical and problem-solving skills. This writing sample may include either a copy of your master’s thesis (or a portion of it, plus biography) or a formal paper or report. Research skills mean both the skill to utilize a writing style manual (e.g., APA) and the skill of integrating published research into an academic paper or report. Email to using the subject line: SCA Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 5: Complete Your Academic Background Questionnaire

In lieu of the previously required personal goal statement, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objective with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 6: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Government ID.

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.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)

$925 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Library Course $50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)
Late Payment Fee $100

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)

$925 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $600
Library Course $50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)
Late Payment Fee $100

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Residency is a necessary component to building academic fellowship and camaraderie among a community of scholars. All doctoral students must attend a 1 credit hour on-campus course, COM 721 Introduction to Applied Doctoral Studies in Communication, scheduled for two days in the student’s first semester of study. This course is a reading/lecture/writing course in the field of strategic communication. The course is also designed to orient students to the DSC program, the School’s faculty, and doctoral-level study in the communication field. Residencies are offered in the spring, summer and fall.

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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