Ph.D. in Communication

School of Communication & the Arts

90% of faculty hold the highest degree in their field

5 Fulbright Scholars & Specialists among faculty

Graduates in 65% of the top Fortune 100 companies

Advance Your Communications Career with a Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Communication is offered online with a one-week summer residency in Virginia Beach. 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 writer, teacher, speaker or thought leader.

Increase Your Earning Potential

Advance in leadership roles with higher salary opportunities.

Strengthen Your Academic Career

Practice academic writing and presentation of scholarship in conference papers, journals, and books.

Enhance Your Skills

Gain a comprehensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Deepen Your Understanding

Study how people process and understand mediated, global, interpersonal and organizational communication.

Online with Residency

Scholarships Available

56-64 Credit Hours


Online w/Residency

SESSION START:

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 56-64

APPROVED DEGREE PLAN: Click to download PDF

Take Your Career to the Next Level

On completing the online Ph.D. in Communication degree, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methods of communication research.
  • Apply your knowledge of the history of communication and various theories.
  • Apply your academic writing skills for publication, including conference papers, academic journals, book chapters, and academic books.

Career Opportunities

  • Professorship
  • Executive leadership
  • Media relations
  • Media/market analysis
  • Research
  • Writing

$75,640 Mean annual wages of Communications Teachers, Postsecondary. - Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

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2018-2019 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.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Wednesday, August 15

Monday, August 27

Session M

Wednesday, September 12

Monday, September 24

Session B

Wednesday, October 17

Monday, October 29

Session C

Wednesday, January 2

Monday, January 14

Session T

Wednesday, January 30

Monday, February 11

Session D

Wednesday, March 6

Monday, March 18

Session E

Wednesday, May 1

Monday, May 13

Session F

Wednesday, June 12

Monday, June 24

 

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 transcripts@regent.edu 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 apply@regent.edu 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?

Step 5: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Simply scan and upload a copy of your driver's license, high school ID, passport, permanent resident card or official government ID card, using our secure and convenient online tool. If you would prefer to take a picture of your government-issued ID and email that to our office, please attach your ID and email to apply@regent.edu 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.

Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Ph.D. in Communication $885 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

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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, scheduled one week during the Summer semester. 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.

Ph.D. in Communication