Applying to the Doctoral Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Communication degree program admits a small number of students (about 10) each fall. A master’s degree in Communication, Media Studies, or the Humanities or Social Sciences is required. Students without a master’s degree might want to apply to one of the master’s programs in Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication.

The decision to admit an applicant is based on several criteria, including

  • the applicant’s previous degree preparations and GPAs;
  • performance on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination);
  • letters of recommendation;
  • honors and scholarly achievements; and
  • the convergence of the applicant’s abilities and research interests with those of available Klein College faculty mentors.

An applicant’s goal statement is crucial in determining the fit between the prospective student and Klein College faculty.

Though not required, we strongly recommend that applicants submit samples of their scholarly research.

Degree Requirements

The PhD program requires a minimum of 42 credits of coursework, the successful completion of preliminary examinations and a doctoral dissertation. The program is designed to take approximately four years: 5 semesters of course work (the first-year “core” courses are taken only with other doctoral students), one semester for taking preliminary examinations and writing your dissertation proposal, and one year for completing the dissertation project. Learn more about degree requirements.

Submission Requirements

In addition to the university application, you must submit

  • official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended,
  • official reports of the GRE,
  • official reports of an English proficiency exam score (if required),
  • three letters of recommendation,
  • a personal statement and
  • a current résumé or CV.

Writing or research samples are optional, but encouraged.

Submitting Admissions Materials

Your statement, résumé and writing or research samples may be emailed to Recommendation letters may be emailed directly from the recommender, provided they are signed and on letterhead. Standardized test scores should be sent electronically to Temple University (institution code 2906).

All other material may be mailed to:

Office of Research and Graduate Studies
Annenberg Hall, Room 344
2020 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

NOTE: We know that the process of selecting a graduate program can be difficult and stressful. If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of the process related to Klein College’s Doctor of Media & Communication program, contact the Klein College staff below.

If you have questions related to the program, email the program director, Professor Darling-Wolf:

If you have questions about the application process, email the assistant director of Klein College’s Graduate Office, Kaitlin Fitzsimmons:

If you’d like to talk directly to a student, email Media & Communication students: 

International Applicants

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English, and a score of at least 95 is preferred. All Media & Communication students are expected to be able to understand, participate in graduate-level class discussions, and read and write in fluent English.