Communication, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 96

Program Code: D210

Program Requirements

COMM 5003Quantitative Research Methods3
COMM 5013Introduction to Graduate Study3
COMM 5313Qualitative Research Methods3
COMM 6023Communication Research Task Groups6-9
COMM 6314History and Theory of Communication4
COMM 5033Advanced Statistics3
or COMM 5323 Advanced Qualitative Research
COMM 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation2-15
Up to 30 credit hours from a previous master's degree, as approved by advisor and doctoral advisory committee0-30
Electives as required to reach 96 post-baccalaureate hours26-72
Total Credit Hours96

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: