Ph.D. On Campus

Communication Studies

The University of Iowa

24 months
30612 USD/year
30612 USD/year
11665 USD/year
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The goal of the Communication Studies program at The University of Iowa is to produce scholars who possess sophisticated knowledge of theory and methodology, who are careful consumers of theories and methods, and who can develop their own approaches to communication phenomena.   


The program emphasizes systematic analysis of the forms, functions, and meanings of messages within various contexts. 

Key Features 

  • Its broad social-scientific orientation springs from the belief that many methodological approaches are appropriate to studying and building theoretical explanations of communication.
  • Advisors and committee members work closely with individual students to select courses from the Department of Communication Studies and other University departments at The University of Iowa, and to plan teaching and research experiences that prepare students for the employment they seek after graduation.

Programme Structure

  • This area of specialization focuses on the interplay of institutions, texts, and audiences in mediated communication systems. 
  • Its central aim is to examine modern media—radio, television, advertising, music, new media, and a wide range of other popular cultural expressions—within their historical, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. 
  • It also uses the mass media as sites for asking basic questions about culture, society, politics, and modernity.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation.  A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile in MyUI, our online service center for applicants and students.  You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30612 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    30612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30612 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11665 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11665 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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