Indiana University

Indiana University Journalism

Ph.D. in Mass Communications

2011 doctoral degrees
Photo by Seong Choul Hong
Receiving the degree represents hard work and strong bonds with faculty. From left are 2011 Ph.D. recipients and mentors: Lindita Camaj, Jason Martin, professor David Weaver, Gerry Lanosga, Yunjuan (Lily) Luo and professor David Nord.
IU Journalism's doctoral program is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The acceptance rate is about 25 percent with about five or six students admitted into the program each year.

As a doctoral student, you will take foundation courses in research methods, statistics and teaching at the college level. You will be expected to complete two areas of concentration and either advanced language proficiency or additional research skills courses.

You may design your own concentration or choose from communication and culture, communication and technology, international communication, media ethics and professionalism, media history, media law, political communication and visual communication.

The program accepts applications for admission to the Ph.D. program for fall semesters. The deadlines for applications are Dec. 1 for international students and Jan. 15 for U.S. residents. Students who meet this deadline will be eligible for full consideration for fellowships and assistantships.

Course Requirements

  • Foundation core of:
    • J500 Introduction to Mass Media Research
    • J555 Teaching Mass Communications in College
    • J571 Theory and Research: Macro-Social Level
    • J600 Quantitative Methods in Mass Communications Research
    • J651 Qualitative Methods in Mass Communications Research
    • and one statistics course.
  • Either proficiency in depth in an appropriate language or completion of an approved set of three tool-skill courses. With the permission of the director of graduate studies, these courses may be counted in the concentration areas.
  • At least two other approved courses at the 600-level in journalism. These courses may be counted in the concentration areas.
  • Twenty-one to 27 credit hours in each of two concentration areas and up to 27 credit hours in electives and dissertation for a minimum of 90 credit hours.

More info:


  • Graduate Admissions at 812-855-1701 or by email.