Ph.D. in Communication

School of Communication & the Arts

The Doctor of Philosophy in Communication is offered online with a one-week summer residency in Virginia Beach. This communication program equips doctoral students with extensive understanding of the varying communication processes. You’ll receive broad interdisciplinary training in your teachings, scholarly writing and research as you explore communication studies through a Christian worldview. You can become a better communicator and scholar while making a lasting impact whether as a listener, writer, speaker or thought leader.


  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Study how people process and understand mediated, global, interpersonal and organizational communication.
  • Practice academic writing and presentation of scholarship per conference papers, journals, book chapters and books.

Career Opportunities:

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

Delivery Format: 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

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: Personal Goal Statement

Submit a 1 page Personal Goal Statement demonstrating an interest in a degree program from the School of Communication & the Arts. Please email to the Admissions Office at using the subject line: SCA Doctoral Application Pieces.

  1. Describe your professional and career goals and how graduate (OR doctoral) – level coursework from the School of Communication and the Arts will help you facilitate your objectives.
  2. Considering your personal, spiritual, and professional background, why have you chosen Regent as the place to pursue your degree?

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.)

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

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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