Texas Tech University

Ph.D. in Media & Communication

Texas Tech University offers a doctorate in Media & Communication that explores both social scientific and humanistic approaches to human communication research. By following the program of study, a doctorate can be earned in three years.

Our Ph.D. students work with internationally-recognized faculty to create knowledge in both the broad area of human communication and in specialty research areas. 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.

Apply to Our Doctorate Program! 

Applications to our Ph.D. program are submitted through the Texas Tech Graduate School.

In addition to the requirements of the graduate school, learn about additional requirements for the Ph.D. application process.

Taking the GRE and submitting a GRE score as part of the application is optional for those applying for Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022. Application deadline for those wishing to begin studies in Fall 2022 is January 1, though we review applications as we receive them. 
All applicants who apply will be considered for a full funding package. Best-fit applicants will likely have a master's degree in media or communication disciplines, however those with other backgrounds are considered. It is necessary to indicate the faculty you are interested in working with, so applicants are encouraged to reach out to the program director if unsure about fit or potential advisers. 


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.

Ph.D. Scholarship & Financial Aid Information

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

Additional Research Funding Opportunities for Current Ph.D. Students

Current Ph.D. students may also be eligible to apply for other internal research funding opportunities.

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

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.

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. Learn more about our faculty.

Our Graduates

Graduates of our program are positioned to be leaders of research and teaching in a variety of settings, such as the recent placements listed below. View a comprehensive list of job placements.

  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • Boston University
  • DePaul University
  • 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
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Texas State University

Current Doctoral Students

Learn about current doctoral students including biographical information, educational history and research interests.

More Information

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


For more information, contact Coy Callison, Ph.D.
Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
+1(806) 834-5344