The Ph.D. program in Communication at Texas A&M aims to produce well-educated graduates who are intellectually prepared to be academic professionals, as well as communication research specialists in other contexts. Because each student’s goals are unique, the graduate curriculum in Communication is intentionally flexible to accommodate individual student’s interests and promote intra/interdisciplinary inquiry. We offer small classes from nationally and internationally renowned faculty, allowing for a great deal of student-faculty interaction among the premier scholars in the field. And because our graduate faculty exemplify intellectual curiosity and excellence in scholarship, our A&M doctoral students are themselves very active, productive scholars, participating frequently in professional meetings, publishing their own work, and being acknowledged for excellence in research and teaching.
The Department of Communication offers two paths toward a doctoral degree—a traditional 4 year (64 Hour) track for students entering with a Masters degree, and a 5 year (96 Hour) direct admit track for exceptional students entering with a Bachelors degree (please see Graduate Handbook for requirements for each track). In each of these tracks, students select coursework from the department’s four areas of specialization: (1) health communication, (2) organizational communication, (3) rhetoric and public affairs, and (4) media studies. Although each student is asked to specialize in a primary area (or two), all of our students are strongly encouraged to build a program of study that takes advantage of multiple areas. In fact, many of our students graduate with research and teaching profiles that reflect this intra/interdisciplinary orientation, evidencing their abilities to adapt to a variety of positions outside of A&M. Not surprisingly then our program boasts a strong placement record, with 100% of students receiving the doctorate having been placed at colleges, universities, research centers, and/or corporations.
The department currently has approximately 40 full-time graduate students in residence and 24 graduate faculty members. Most admitted graduate students are offered a funding package, which (at the very least) covers tuition expenses for 4-5 years, and a $16,000 stipend/academic year. Students may also apply for a $500 travel grant each year to help recover costs associated with academic conference travel. For more information on assistantships, fellowships, graduate student travel and research grants, please go to the Funding page.