Ph.D. On Campus

Mass Communications

The University of Iowa

24 months
30612 USD/year
30612 USD/year
11665 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The PhD in Mass Communication is awarded by the Graduate College at The University of Iowa. The program is offered in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


The Doctor of Philosophy program in Mass Communications from The University of Iowa requires 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program provides training in research methods, communication theory, and teaching skills.

The program emphasizes interdisciplinary studies, with coursework and research tailored to each student’s interests under the guidance of faculty members. 

Career Advancement

  • Students in this program prepare for careers as teachers and industry researchers.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Humanistic Approaches to Media Communication
  • Critical and Cultural Approaches to Media Communication
  • Practicum: College Teaching and Professional Development for Teaching Assistants

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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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