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College of Information and Communications


Mass Communication

Why Choose Our Doctoral Program?

Top 10 reasons to choose us for your doctoral education.

1. Size

We value quality over quantity. You will work one-on-one with the school’s graduate faculty.

2. Connections

Our faculty hold leadership roles in the most recognized organizations in our field, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), and International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC).

3. Track Record

Our graduates are hired at leading universities and many hold leadership positions at top institutions. Our recent job placements include the University of Illinois, the University Minnesota, Auburn University, and Elon University.

4. Expertise

Our faculty are experts in their fields and particularly strong in the areas of science and health communication, advertising, public relations, new communication technology, communication history and law.

5. Support

We offer excellent financial support as well as additional incentives including research and travel grants.

6. Collaboration

You will work closely with our faculty, who conduct interdisciplinary research across the University of South Carolina and beyond. New Carnegie Classifications list the University of South Carolina as an Institution of “Highest Research Activity.”

7. Curriculum

Our curriculum will allow you to obtain the quantitative and qualitative research skills required for a successful career in the academic arena.

8. Commitment to Teaching

You will complete our program knowing how to teach college courses. Most students serve as the instructor of record in undergraduate courses. Our program is one of the few requiring a Seminar in Teaching Mass Communication.

9. New Technology

Join us in our innovative new building designed for a 21st century communications program. Graduate students enjoy their own graduate education suite.

10. Location

Located in the capital of sunny South Carolina, Columbia has plenty of great restaurants, museums and more. Outdoor activities are enjoyed year-round, with the beach and mountains just two hours away.