Ph.D in Mass Communication
The School of Media Arts and Studies and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism jointly offer the doctoral program in Mass Communication. Our world-renowned Journalism and Media Arts and Studies faculty work with doctoral students in a range of areas, including:
- Critical media studies
- Data analytics and emerging technologies such as immersive media
- Health communication
- International media
- Legal and historical studies
- Strategic communication and mass media persuasion
- Visual communication
How to Apply
Please apply electronically through the Graduate College. You will submit the following materials directly to the Graduate College:
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Optional. We encourage the submission of GRE scores, but we will evaluate each applicant in a holistic manner. If you are including your GRE scores, they must be sent by the testing agency to the Graduate College. Please note in your application if you are not submitting scores.
- International students from non-English speaking countries must also provide TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Graduate College.
- Official transcripts from all universities previously attended
- Statement of purpose: 500-1,000 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. in Mass Communication, and why you would be a strong applicant for an Ohio University doctoral program
- Three letters of recommendation
- Writing sample
You also are welcome to submit samples of your professional work, but they are not required. You need not have an undergraduate major or master’s degree in mass communication, media studies, or journalism to apply for a Ph.D. in mass communication. However, the admissions committee will look favorably on relevant academic and professional experience
- Domestic applicants: February 1
- International applicants: December 31
Graduate Assistantships are competitively awarded based on academic record, professional experience, recommendations and current needs of the School of Media Arts and Studies and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. All doctoral students are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week (and no more than 20 hours) in exchange for a stipend and full tuition waiver and may be assigned as teaching assistants, research assistants, or instructors.