Ph.D. On Campus


Florida State University

48 months
1111 USD/credit 19998 USD/year
479 USD/credit 8622 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Communication doctoral program from Florida State University is primarily designed for students who are interested in pursuing positions at research-based institutions within the communication discipline, especially academic positions at research universities.


Students of the Communication doctoral program from Florida State University may choose to use the degree to launch a career in research, consultancy, not-for-profit organizations, governmental affairs, or one of the various communication-related industries.

Regardless of the student’s chosen career path, the primary objective for all will be to become an independent and original scholar. Beginning with a common set of foundational courses, students will encounter a range of philosophical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to communication scholarship. A major goal of the program is for students to gain knowledge of and an appreciation for the complexities and interdependencies within communication inquiry. To that end, students will gain a critical, historical, and theoretical grounding in the broad communication discipline and then will pursue more advanced study through doctoral-level seminars, directed independent studies, and supervised research experiences. The program emphasis is communication theory and research.

Students in the Ph.D. program in communication theory and research complete or participate in a highly flexible program tailored to meet students’ needs and interests, including:

  • 48 credit hours of graduate coursework after the Master’s degree, including a minimum of 12 hours in an outside cognate area;
  • supervised teaching experiences, usually including an opportunity to teach undergraduate communication courses;
  • supervised research experiences, with individual professors or as a part of one of our many research teams;
  • an ongoing graduate research colloquium and professional development series;
  • preliminary examinations after coursework; and
  • an original, independent, and significant dissertation project, requiring a minimum of 24 credit hours.

Career Opportunities

As a research-oriented institution, Florida State University is committed to preparing the next generation of communication scholars. Therefore, we place an emphasis on preparing doctoral students to conduct significant, original research in their areas of expertise and to teach communication in a university or college setting. 

Depending on individual career goals, however, graduates of our doctoral program should also be qualified to hold management positions in a communication or research organization, as well as to consult in media, research, or marketing. Regardless of the student’s chosen career path, the primary objective for all is to become an independent and competent scholar.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundation Courses
  • Primary Area of Study
  • Secondary Area of Study
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Cognate
  • Preliminary Examination

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete and submit the University Admissions Office’s Online Application Form.
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of $30
  • Submit a completed Residency Affidavit
  • Arrange for two copies of official transcripts to be sent from each college or university attended.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and request scores to be sent to FSU.
  • GRE scores
  • An excellent undergraduate academic record, from accredited universities, to include a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, doctoral applicants should have a minimum of a 3.3 in their master’s degree work.
  • Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19998 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1111 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    8622 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 479 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for Tallahassee

955 - 1345 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.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 3 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Florida State University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!