Ph.D in Mass Communication
Please note that the Graduate College application portal is not yet able to accept submissions for this program. Please contact us directly for additional information about the application process.
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
The Graduate College application portal is not yet accepting submissions for the Ph.D. in Mass Communication program. Please contact the graduate directors of the program, Dr. Aimee Edmondson and Dr. Eve Ng, for additional information about the application process.
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 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
The deadline for all domestic and international applicants 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 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.