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
- Media in healthcare contexts
- International media
- Legal and historical studies
- Strategic communication and mass media persuasion
- Visual communication
How to Apply
Please apply through OHIO's Graduate College portal. The Ph.D. in Mass Communication program has two tracks: choose program code PH5307 for Media Arts and Studies (MDIA), and program code PH5308 for Journalism (JOUR).
Applications are accepted for fall admission only (the start of the academic year). For each academic year's admissions, the application portal will open on September 15 the year prior.
We ask for the following materials as part of your application:
- 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 applicants must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Graduate College, unless they completed their education in a country where English is the language of both instruction and common daily use (e.g. Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom). No other test of English proficiency (such as Duolingo) can be accepted as a substitute. Applicants who have completed a degree at an accredited U.S. university with English as the language of instruction can have the English proficiency test score requirement waived.
- 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
- The GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS reporting code for Ohio University is 1593.
You also are welcome to submit samples of your professional work, but they are not required.
Applicants should have a Master's degree. 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.
The deadline for international applicants is December 31.
The deadline for domestic applicants (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) is February 1.
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 with a graduate assistantship 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.