Doctoral Studies

Communication is a fascinating and diverse discipline that, when paired with media studies, includes a close examination of the relationships between people and media. Whether you’re interested in the cultural, economic, historical or social-psychological context—or some combination of them—you’ll immerse yourself in the humanities, sciences and other subject areas to earn an advanced, multidisciplinary degree in a dynamic and ever-evolving field.

Temple University’s Doctoral Program in Media and Communication connects a strong media core with intellectual work in the humanities and social sciences and helps you prepare for a career in academia or career paths in consulting, education, finance, government, industry, law, policy or research. As a media and communication doctoral student, you’ll work with mentors, participate in faculty research and scholarly publishing, and graduate with a strong foundation in theory and research methodologies covering several areas of interest, including

  • Emerging Media and Communication,
  • Media, Identity and Representation,
  • Global Media and Communication,
  • Political Communication,
  • Communication, Social Influence, and Social Change, and
  • Media Effects.

You’ll be mentored through an individualized course of study by members of the Media and Communication faculty to develop a scholarly profile that suits your needs and interests.

Typical Careers

As a graduate of the Media and Communication Doctoral Program, you’ll be well-prepared for a career in academia. Our alumni have also gone on to work at nongovernmental organizations and think tanks, as well as the private sector.