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Ph.D. Degree Program

The Grady College’s Ph.D. program in mass communication is designed to prepare scholars for academic careers in teaching and research or for professional careers in industry or government. The program draws mainly on the resources and facilities of the College’s three departments: advertising/public relations, journalism, and entertainment & media studies.

The primary objective of the Ph.D. program is to develop mass communication scholars who are capable of critical thinking and independent scholarship. The degree is granted in recognition of research proficiency, breadth and soundness of scholarship, and thorough knowledge of selected aspects of mass communication and related fields. Degree requirements are fulfilled in three stages: (1) successful completion of an approved program of study; (2) the passing of written and oral comprehensive examinations; and (3) the execution and presentation of an acceptable dissertation based on independent research.

Students are encouraged to develop their own theoretical and methodological approaches to mass communication research. Some Grady Ph.D. students work within and from traditional social science models of inquiry; others adopt historical, critical theory, naturalistic, or cultural studies perspectives on mass communication phenomena.


Grady College Graduate Advisory Form

Ph.D. Program of Study
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Ph.D. Program in Mass Communication
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Media Industry Research Certificate

No application process is required. Students work with their major professors on completing the necessary requirements for the certificate.

Click IRB

Click IRB is an electronic Human Subjects Proposal Submission and Review web application used by human subjects researchers and the IRB on the UGA campus.

UGA Graduate School

Be informed, read and comprehend Graduate School requirements (i.e., read this and other Grady supplied information; consult the Graduate Bulletin: visit the Graduate School website, this is where you will find all forms, Plan ahead, develop a time-line with a preliminary program of study and tentative dates for form submission. Be attentive, read posted notices, check your e-mail.

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