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.