Doctor Of Philosophy In Communication, Ph.D. In Communications
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 15 credits
Next Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Expand Your Career Opportunities with Liberty’s Ph.D. in Communication

If you’re interested in exploring verbal and nonverbal human interaction and mass communication — whether written, digital, or otherwise — and you have the intellectual curiosity to expand your knowledge in this area, then a Ph.D. in Communication is a good step to take in your academic and professional journey. With a doctoral degree, you’ll spend a large amount of time researching and theorizing about your area of study, allowing you to fully flesh out your understanding of communications.

Once you’ve earned your doctorate, you can pursue a variety of exciting career opportunities. Many people who receive a doctorate go on to teach undergraduate or graduate courses at collegiate institutions. At Liberty, you’ll study under experts in communication who will give you the tools you’ll need to effectively teach this subject. Additionally, you’ll be prepared for a world of non-academic careers that are related to communication. Maybe you want to advance in your current career or start your own company. With a degree as diverse as communication, you’ll have the option to be a leader in a variety of fields and businesses.

So take this opportunity to get started today. Your passion for learning and communication will be enriched throughout this doctoral program. At Liberty, we are excited about partnering with you as you complete advanced research and study in the field of communication.

Why Choose Liberty’s Ph.D. in Communication Degree?

Pursuing online doctoral studies in communication is a great way to advance in your career — or gain the skills you need to enter a new field altogether. Whatever your goals may be, choosing Liberty’s Ph.D. in Communication degree provides you with well-respected credentials and knowledge applicable to a host of professional settings.

Instead of focusing on norms and routines in the communication field, you will dive deeper into the “how” and “why” behind everyday practices. Your studies in communication at this level will allow you to practice all the elements of crisis communication and learn how to conduct effective research, properly assess data, and tell your company’s story better than ever before.

You already have a high level of mastery in the field of communications. But if you are looking for a terminal degree or a degree that allows you to mix theory and innovation, then our Ph.D. in Communication is the program for you.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Communications Degree?

The core curriculum of our Ph.D. in Communication degree focuses on providing insight into communication theory in digital and strategic communication. You will gain invaluable knowledge of applications for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as in higher education.

Throughout this degree, you will complete courses focused around research and writing. Use insight tools, data gathering, and various other industry techniques to translate research into effective field practice. Develop your critical problem-solving skills while examining current and solution-oriented literature.

At the end of your online doctoral degree in communications, you will complete a dissertation sequence, where you will, through analysis of scholarly and professional research, create and present your original research.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out the featured courses of this degree below.

Featured Courses

  • DIGI 720 – Social, Mobile, and Online Media Analytics
  • DIGI 825 – Seminar: From Digital Analytics to Communication Action
  • DIGI 835 – Current Topics in Content Communication
  • DIGI 845 – Visualization and Social Media Strategy
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Highlights of Our Ph.D. in Communications Degree

  • By earning your online communications degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 4 years — and counting.
  • Our faculty members have years of real-world experience in the field of communication and invest in students both personally and professionally. You’ll learn practical skills from seasoned professionals that can further your career.

Ph.D. in Communication Degree Information

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Career Opportunities for Ph.D. in Communications Graduates

  • Advertising/public relations executive
  • Chief customer experience officer
  • Communications executive
  • Director of online sales and services
  • Research manager
  • Social media executive
  • University administrator
  • University professor
  • Vice president of customer satisfaction

Admission Requirements for the Ph.D. in Communication

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.