Regent University offers a PhD in Communications online.

Ph.D. in Communication

School of Communication & the Arts

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Advance Your Communications Career with a Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 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 Through the Ph.D. in Communication

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.

Regent University ranked #2 of Top 25 Accredited Online PhD & Doctoral Degree Programs | Learn.org, 2020

Online Ph.D. with Residency

Scholarships Available

56-64 Credit Hours

Online w/Residency

SESSION START:

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 56-64

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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

$79,830

Estimated mean annual wage for communications teachers, postsecondary.

- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Click any section below for additional information or access your course schedule.

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.

Session

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: 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 apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 4: 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 apply@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 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 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.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Ph.D. in Communication

$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

Ph.D. in Communication

$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.

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.