The Ph.D. program in Communication and Information requires a minimum of 40 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the Master's degree and 30 semester hours of dissertation work for a total of 70 semester hours.

The doctoral program has a flexible structure. It is designed to provide both a broad interdisciplinary core of knowledge about communication and information theory and research, and individualized programs of study developed by students in consultation with their Academic Advisors and Program Planning Committees.  Students should begin developing their programs of study during their first semester and have them approved by the time they have completed 15 semester hours. Students are expected to become engaged in a variety of research projects before they begin dissertation work.

Elements of the Program of Study

Core Courses (10 Hours Total):

  • CCI 80000 Foundations of Communication and Information Inquiry (3)
  • CCI 80001 Introduction to Research in Communication and Information (3)
  • CCI 80097 Colloquium in Communication and Information (4)

Theory courses (6 Hours total):

  • Advisor approved theory courses from CCI (6)

Methods courses (12 Hours total):

May be selected from the courses in the College of Communication and Information, or with approval of the student's academic advisor, may be chosen from any appropriate Kent State University graduate offerings:

  • One quantitative research methods course (3)
  • One qualitative research methods course (3)
  • Additional methods courses (6)

Electives (12 Hours total):

12 credit hours of electives are selected with the approval of the student's Academic Advisor and Doctoral Studies Committee to support the student's research interests.

Dissertation (30 hours total):

  • CCI 80199 Dissertation I (30)