Liberty University PhD In Communications
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Expand Your Career Opportunities with Liberty’s Online PhD in Communication Studies

Communications is a vast field that, at its core, focuses on how humans connect with one another, both verbally and nonverbally. The communications industry is constantly growing and changing as new technologies emerge, so employers need people who are up-to-date on the latest communication theories, methods, and strategies.

If you want to enrich your understanding of human interaction and mass communication, then a PhD in Communication is a good next step in your academic and professional journey. Liberty’s doctoral program focuses primarily on research and theory, allowing you to strengthen and enhance your knowledge of communications.

With a degree as diverse and in-depth as communications, you can gain the skills you need to be a leader in a variety of fields and businesses. Maybe you want to advance in your current career or start your own company. Or perhaps you would like to become a researcher or college professor. Whatever your career goals are, our PhD in Communication can help you make your dreams a reality.

This online program can help deepen your passion for learning and communication. We are excited to partner with you as you continue your research and study in the field of communications.

Why Choose Liberty’s PhD in Communication Online?

Earning a PhD in Communication is a great way to advance in your current career or to enter a new field altogether. No matter what your goals are, our PhD in Communication can help provide you with a well-respected credential and research skills that are applicable to a host of professional settings, both in the public and private sector. For instance, you could teach undergraduate or graduate courses at a collegiate institution, carry out independent research, or work for a variety of businesses, agencies, and nonprofits.

As a doctoral student, you will study under professors who are experts in communication. Drawing on years of real-world experience, they can impart knowledge about the leading theories and praxis of communication – further preparing you to become an expert in the field.

At Liberty, you can become better equipped to achieve your academic and career goals — you’ll also be fostered in biblical principles and trained to be a Champion for Christ. Our professors can help you learn how to integrate these principles into the workplace and challenge you to follow God’s calling on your life.

We believe that you can earn your degree without putting your life on hold. That’s why we’ve designed our doctoral program to be completely online, meaning you won’t have to worry about attending on-campus classes. That way, you can complete your education while still focusing on your family and your job.

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 PhD in Communication is the program for you.

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

What Will You Learn in Our Communications PhD Online Degree Program?

Our PhD in Communication can give you insight into the foundational principles that are behind successful communication campaigns. This program teaches invaluable knowledge and skills that can be applied to a variety of real-world roles, whether you want to work for a business, a nonprofit organization, or an institution of higher education.

With Liberty’s doctoral program, you will explore the “how” and “why” behind everyday practices used in the communications field. As well as studying various communication theories, you’ll complete practical, hands-on projects that can give you real-world practice with different communication strategies and scenarios, such as crisis communications. In addition, you can learn how to conduct in-depth research, how to assess data properly, and how to tell your company’s story more effectively than ever before.

With this degree, you will complete several courses centered around research and writing. You can sharpen your understanding of various industry techniques, such as insight tools and data gathering, to translate research and theory into effective field practice. Furthermore, our program can help develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of solution-oriented literature.

Our professors will give you an in-depth look at how to effectively lead a communications team, how to use techniques for social media and video storytelling, and how to keep up with the ever-changing world of digital media. This program covers a diverse array of topics in the areas of both research and professional application, allowing you to gain a broad, in-depth skill set that can be applied to many jobs.

For instance, you’ll complete courses on qualitative research methods, donor relations, audience analysis, and contemporary issues in content communication. Since the field of communications covers a host of industries, your classes will draw on many disciplines, including business, education, and digital media studies. At the end of your online doctoral degree in communications, you will write and present a dissertation based on your own original research.

If you want to conduct in-depth research in the field of communications, our PhD program is for you. Join us and be equipped to enter a wide variety of industries and careers.

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

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Highlights of Our Online Communication PhD Program

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online PhD in Communication degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you 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 9 years — and counting.
  • Our faculty members have years of real-world experience in the field of communications. Under their instruction, you can learn practical skills that can further your career.
  • At Liberty, you can get a PhD in Communication in as little as 3 years.

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What Can You Do with a PhD in Mass Communications?

As a graduate of our PhD in Communication, you can become more qualified to pursue a variety of positions including:

  • 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 Doctorate in Communication Online

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 (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*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.