Doctoral Degree | College of Mass Communications and Media Arts | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Doctoral Degree

The doctoral program engages students in the interdisciplinary study of global media within an intellectual community of scholars and media producers. Concepts and methods drawn from various research traditions in the field are compared and contrasted, while specialization in particular areas and approaches is open to students. Students receive a strong theoretical and methodological foundation through a flexible, college-wide program designed to produce outstanding scholars and teachers who make significant contributions to the understanding of mass media. Students work closely with nationally and internationally accomplished faculty members with expertise in a variety of media scholarship.


60 credits including 36 credits of coursework and a 24-credit dissertation.

Foundation Core:
  • MCMA 504-3: Foundations of Media Theory
  • MCMA 505-3: Advanced Media Theory
  • MCMA 508-3: Conceptual Foundations of Research Strategy
  • MCMA 595-3: Ph.D. Proseminar
Research Tools Courses:

9 credit hours of additional research methods courses taken, selected in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser.

Emphasis Area:

15 credit hours of additional courses taken, selected in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser to build an emphasis.

  • MCMA 600-24: Dissertation

Application Materials Required:

  1. Online Application (Most documents below can be uploaded directly through the application site.)
  2. GRE Test Score (Institutional Code = 1726 SIUC; Department Code = 4508 Mass Communications)
  3. 3 Letters of Reference
  4. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  5. Statements:  Personal, Biographical, Research (Personal Statement: should cover any previous academic, career,  or personal experience that you feel is relevant to your desire to complete a Ph.D.  This statement should also relate your end goal, i.e., why do you want to pursue a doctorate?  For example, some applicants write about the way that media research is critical to understanding our media-heavy environment.  Biographical statement:  Please include any background information that you feel is relevant to your application.  Research Statement: should provide us with a preliminary overview of the type of research you wish to pursue while studying for the doctorate.  Be as specific as possible.) 
  6. A Writing Sample (Writing Sample: should be your best research paper from your Masters Program.)
  7. Transcripts (3.25 minimum GPA; originals must be sent via post)
  8. International applicants should have excellent English speaking and writing skills. Those who have not taken significant advanced study in programs taught in English will have to take the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum scores: TOEFL: IBT - 100, Computer - 250, Paper - 600. IELTS: 7.0

Steps to Apply:

  1. Fill out the online application for the PhD degree program listed as Mass Communication and Media Arts and upload most required documents.
  2. Any other application materials including transcripts and media portfolios on disc should be sent via post.
    We only accept applications for this degree for Fall admission.  The application window is October 16 through January 15.