Ph.D. On Campus

Communication and Information

University of Tennessee Knoxville

48 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
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The PhD with a major in communication and information is intended to prepare scholars for teaching, research, administration, and service in the fields of communication and information. The goal of the PhD program is to prepare graduates for positions in research-intensive institutions. The Communication and Information program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



This preparation will also enable them to work at other types of educational institutions and industry positions. Doctoral students develop publishable research in their course work and provide evidence of publishable research prior to taking comprehensive exams. Graduates are expected to be competent in using at least one research method and should be literate in statistics. 

The program includes training in the foundational origins and contemporary literature of communication and information theories and professions. The program offers the opportunity for students to learn to be good teachers and to participate in service and outreach activities.

The program is interdisciplinary, consisting of a required core curriculum and primary and cognate areas of study. Core courses begin in the fall semester. The first fall and spring semesters must be spent in residence (i.e., enrolled as a full-time student). Attendance at a fall orientation session is required. The Communication and Information program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Communication and Information
  • Quantitative Communication and Information Research Methods
  • Communication and Information Professional Development Seminar
  • Statistical Design and Analysis 
  • Mass Communication Theory
  • Communication Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

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    31798 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31798 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
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