Texas Tech University

Ph.D. in Media & Communication

Texas Tech University offers a doctorate in social scientific and humanistic approaches to human communication research.

Our Ph.D. students work with internationally-recognized faculty to create knowledge in both the broad area of human communication and in a specialty research area. Graduates of our program are positioned to be leaders of research and teaching in the university setting, the private sector, for the government, and for non-profit organizations.

Areas of Study

Students are trained to advance knowledge through conducting specialized research in one or more sub-disciplines of the following broad areas of study:

  • Advertising
  • Corporate & Organizational Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • Entertainment & Pop Culture
  • Global & International Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Hispanic & Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Journalism
  • Media Psycho-physiology
  • Political & Civic Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Science Communication
  • Social Media
  • Speech & Rhetoric
  • Sports Media
  • Visual Communication

Our Faculty

Faculty members in the College of Media & Communication are world-renowned experts at the forefront of their fields. As researchers, teachers, and mentors, our faculty includes a Fulbright fellow, award-winning professionals, leaders of international communication organizations, academic and popular press book authors, academic journal editors, media consultants, and lead investigators on federal and private grants. More about our faculty.

Our Graduates

Graduates of our program are positioned to be leaders of research and teaching in a variety of settings. Recent job placements:

  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Nebraska
  • Disney MediaScience Research Lab
  • EDI Media
  • Florida State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • NC State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of South Carolina
  • San Diego State University

Funding

Most of our full-time Ph.D. students are funded. For out-of-state students, the funding package covers out-of-state tuition and fees. In addition, funded students receive a generous stipend for their graduate assistantship duties.

How to Apply

Applications to the Ph.D. program are submitted through the Graduate School. In addition to the requirements of the graduate school, applicants to the Media & Communication Ph.D. program must submit a (1) resume; (2) cover letter; (3) personal statement of 250-500 words describing your research interests, faculty mentors with whom you are interested in researching, and why you want to pursue a Ph.D at Texas Tech University; (4) samples of academic/professional communication work, if any; (5) three letters of recommendation from three current or former professors; (6) GRE scores and TOEFL scores (if required); (7) and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Application deadline is January 15, though we review applications as we receive them. All applicants who apply will be considered for a full funding package.

Research Facilities

Center for Communication ResearchOur students are trained to use and have access to the state-of-the-art Center for Communication Research (CCR). The CCR houses labs for collecting various types of data, including continuous and asynchronous audience response, content analysis, experiments, eye-tracking, focus groups, and psychophysiology.

Ph.D. Scholarship &
Financial Aid Information

Find more information about scholarships and financial aid for doctoral students.

More Information

For the Graduate Catalog and Course Schedule, go to www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Rasmussen, Ph.D. Program Director:
806-834-6870, eric.rasmussen@ttu.edu.