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Doctorate in Journalism and Mass Communication

The school’s Ph.D. program offers innovative and rigorous education in research skills leading to original research and the creation of knowledge. The program of study leads to the student’s dissertation proposal and dissertation. Ph.D. students work closely with the school’s publishing faculty members, creating original research examining real-world issues. Students take up to 46 hours, including a core of theory and research methods courses; 12 hours in a concentration in an academic unit outside of the J-School; a comprehensive exam, and then complete an acceptable dissertation. 

Since 2015, our Ph.D. graduates are employed at Chicago State University (Illinois), Hannam University (South Korea), Kuwait University (Kuwait), Intouch Solutions (Kansas), Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreeboro, Tennessee), University of Kansas (Overland Park, Kansas), University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri), University of St. Mary (Kansas), Queens University of Charlotte (North Carolina), Washburn University (Kansas), and Weber State University (Utah)

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Graduate Admission Questions?

Admission questions may be directed to our graduate academic advisor, Jammie Johnson (785-864-7649), or our associate dean of graduate studies, Matt Tidwell (913-897-8416).

Also refer to the Graduate Handbook.

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