Journalism and Mass Communication, PhD

Why get your PhD at the Cronkite School?

Interdisciplinary and customizable

Students develop individualized programs of study, drawing on knowledge and methodologies from diverse fields relevant to issues within mass communication. Delve into disinformation, social justice, climate change, or other topics using tools from the humanities, social sciences, computer and data sciences, and more.

Close mentoring by leading scholars

Cronkite’s doctoral program admits only a handful of applicants each year to ensure that students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and peers on collaborative projects and independent research, benefitting from the personalized guidance of top-tier scholars.

Original research on issues vital to society

The ultimate goal of the program is to train scholars capable of identifying key questions, designing studies to investigate those questions, and conducting independent and impactful research that will shape the direction of the discipline, media industries, and global society.