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What will I learn?

The Department of Communication and Journalism offers a PhD in Communication. The program enrolls approximately 10 doctoral students at a time and is designed for students looking to integrate the theory and research of Communication with a secondary concentration in another discipline such as Psychology, Sustainability Science, English, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, History, and more. Our successful PhD students are prepared to: become a faculty member or join an appropriate profession; conduct research while utilizing theories and methods blended from different disciplines; make linkages between disciplines and professions.

Learning Outcomes

Describe and reflect on ideas, practices, literatures, and issues in the study of communication as well as those relevant to their particular area of interest.
Critically evaluate perspectives, theories, and concepts relevant to communication research and practice as well as their own scholarly position in the field.
Prepare and lead presentations based on their own materials which are grounded in effective learning principles.
Create research questions and designs, research projects, and publishable writing.
Design, prepare, and carry out research using the highest ethical standards. Research will reflect a commitment to the advancement of the human condition, justice, and/or environmental sustainability.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,214.00 per year
The above graduate costs are based on 9 credit hours per semester, for 18 credit hours per academic year; Tuition fee is for 2021-2022 academic year and may subject to change in coming years
Start date

17 January 2023


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

5774 Stevens Hall, Room 100,



04469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A recommended minimum 3.0 GPA from undergraduate coursework

For international students

Consideration for admission to the Graduate School will be given to applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or the equivalent. Applicants for admission must present evidence that they have had the necessary academic preparation to enable them to pursue the graduate program for which they are applying. The Graduate School has no fixed minimum grade point average requirement for admission; however, the applicant should have a strong undergraduate record. Students who have undertaken graduate work at another institution must be in good standing at that institution to be eligible for admission to The University of Maine.

The Graduate School requires a minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or equivalent.

IELTS: Minimum 6.5

PTE Academic Minimum Score: 60

DuoLingo: Minimum 105

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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