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Communication Studies  Doctoral


What is Communication Studies at WVU like?


The Ph.D. program in Communication Studies is intended to qualify students to teach and conduct research in instructional communication, interpersonal communication, mediated communication, health communication, and organizational communication, among other courses, at the university level. Students who are accepted into the Ph.D. program in Communication Studies are awarded an assistantship for the first year that is renewable for the second and third years of the program.

Students who are admitted into the Ph.D. degree program in Communication Studies are expected to have a laptop computer that they can use in their courses.

The process to apply for admission for the 2024-2025 academic year will remain open until January 15, 2024. Once the Department has received all materials, a decision for acceptance will be made. Upon acceptance into the program, applicants will receive written notification from both the Department and the University.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 15

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What are the requirements to apply for Communication Studies at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Communication Studies graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Masters Degree Required
  • Essay/Writing Sample
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three

Additional application considerations for applicants:

  • The writing sample: A sample of scholarly work, and any additional supporting materials (awards, conference papers, articles, evaluations, etc.); transcripts from all institutions attended

  • For more detailed information on what is required in a personal statement or writing sample, please visit the outlined instructions here.

Applications completed by the deadline will receive priority consideration. Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by the program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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