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Professor

Aldoory, Linda, Full Member

Nan, Xiaoli, Full Member

Parry-Giles, Trevor S., Full Member

Parry-Giles, Shawn J., Full Member

Toth, Elizabeth L., Full Member

Wolvin, Andrew D., Full Member

Associate Professor

Hample, Dale J., Full Member

Khamis, Sahar Mohamed, Full Member

Liu, Brooke Fisher, Full Member

Maddux, Kristjana L., Full Member

Pfister, Damien, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Anderson, Lindsey, Full Member

Joyce, Nicholas, Full Member

Seate, Anita, Full Member

Sommerfeldt, Erich, Full Member

Steele, Catherine, Full Member

Woods, Carly, Full Member

Yang, Michelle Murray, Full Member

Research Professor

Kendall, Kathleen, Full Member

Senior Lecturer

Waks, Leah, Full Member

Professor Emerita

Grunig, Larissa A., Non-Member

Professor Emeritus

Fink, Edward L., Non-Member

Gaines, Robert N., Full Member

Grunig, James E., Non-Member

Klumpp, James F., Full Member

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Communication (COMM)   

Program Title and Classification

Communication

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities

Abstract

The Department of Communication takes as its intellectual focus the strategic use of discourse in the public sphere. Faculty members and graduate students in the Department pursue and produce research that spans a wide range of the Communication discipline, generally focused in three broad curriculum areas: Communication Science & Social Cognition, Public Relations & Strategic Communication, and Rhetoric & Political Culture. The Department encourages applications for graduate study from students wishing to pursue interests identified within these foci. The graduate program in Communication is designed for students whose educational objective is the Ph.D. degree (currently the program does not admit students whose degree objective is the M.A.) Most graduates of the doctoral program pursue academic careers; however, some work in public policy research and other professions requiring highly developed research skills.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcript(s)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)* For this program, the TOEFL/IELTS is required of all international applicants (except applicants from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth Caribbean, Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand whose first language is English).

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample: This could be a research paper.
  • Description of Research Interests: Describe in detail your primary research interests with reference to specific studies you have conducted in the past and/or plan to carry out in the future; discuss your future career goals; 2-4 pages; upload to the Uploads Requirements section.

Students must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or the equivalent) prior to enrollment in the Ph.D. program. Although most applicants to the program will have earned a degree in the communication field, others with an interest in studying communication may be admitted (with the possibility of additional courses assigned to remedy deficiencies). Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on the student’s prior academic record, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and research interests, sample of scholarly writing, and other information relevant to the applicant’s likelihood of successfully completing the program. 

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
9 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
9 Jan


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.comm.umd.edu

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Department of Communication is not currently admitting students whose terminal degree objective is the M.A. 

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements
Requirements for Students entering with a B.A./B.S. in Communication (51 credits) *Active Fall 2017

 

COMM 700: Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication (3 credits)

COMM 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)

Cognate Area Outside Department (6 credits)

Area of Specialization (15 credits)

One of the following courses (3 credits):

COMM 602: Communication Theory (3 credits)

COMM 630: Seminar in Public Relations Management (3 credits)

COMM 652: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)

One of the following course sequences (12 credits):

Quantitative - COMM 701: Quantitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits), plus nine additional credits in quantitative methods and statistics

Historical/Critical - COMM 711: Historical/Critical Methods in Communication Research (3 credits) and COMM 712: Advanced Historical/Critical Methods in Communication Research (3 credits), plus six additional credits in methods and foundations

Qualitative - COMM 714: Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits) and COMM 715: Advanced Qualitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits), plus six additional credits in methods and foundations

 

Requirements for Students entering with a M.A. in Communication (39 credits) * Active Fall 2017

 

COMM 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)

Cognate Area Outside Department (6 credits)

Area of Specialization (9 credits)

One of the following course sequences (12 credits):

Quantitative - COMM 701: Quantitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits), plus nine additional credits in quantitative methods and statistics

Historical/Critical - COMM 711: Historical/Critical Methods in Communication Research (3 credits) and COMM 712: Advanced Historical/Critical Methods in Communication Research (3 credits), plus six additional credits in methods and foundations

Qualitative - COMM 714: Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits) and COMM 715: Advanced Qualitative Methods in Communication Research (3 credits), plus six additional credits in methods and foundations

 

The Ph.D. requires (1) course work to prepare the student for a research program in communication, including work in a cognate discipline, and research methods; (2) a comprehensive examination that certifies mastery of disciplinary knowledge and preparation for independent research; and (3) completion and successful defense of a dissertation that advances knowledge of communication.

 

Facilities and Special Resources

The Department of Communication houses a Center for Health and Risk Communication (http://www.healthriskcenter.umd.edu); a Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership (http://www.comm.center.umd.edu); and an Oral Communication Center (https://www.comm.umd.edu/undergraduate/OCC). The campus provides extensive computer resources and excellent library collections in communication. In addition, the Washington metropolitan area provides research and laboratory facilities for studying communication unmatched by other departments in the discipline.

 

Financial Assistance

Most departmental financial aid is in the form of graduate assistantships. However, a limited number of fellowships are available.

Contact Statement

For additional information on graduate study in Communication, contact: commphd@umd.edu.

Website

http://www.comm.umd.edu

Contacts

Ray Chang, Program Management Specialist

2130 Skinner Building

College Park, MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-0870

Fax: (301) 314-9471

commgrad@deans.umd.edu

 

Dr. Kristy Maddux (for current graduate students)

2122 Skinner Bldg

Department of Communication, University of Maryland

MD, 20740

Telephone: 301-405-6533

klmaddux@umd.edu

 

Dr. Xiaoli Nan (for prospective students)

2102 Skinner Bldg

Department of Communication, University of Maryland

MD, 20740

Telephone: 301-405-0640

nan@umd.edu

 

Associated Information

Courses

COMM

COMM

Keywords

Attitude Change; Communication Science; Communication Theory; Crisis Communication; Gender; Health Communication; Intercultural Communication; Intergroup Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Mass Media; Media Studies; Message Design; Message Processing; Message Production; Persuasion; Political Communication; Public Address; Public Diplomacy; Public Discourse; Public Relations; Rhetoric; Rhetoric and Political Culture; Rhetorical Criticism; Rhetorical Studies; Risk Communication; Social Cognition; Social Influence; Social Movements; Strategic Communication.

Relationships

English Language and Literature (ENGL)