Why earn a doctorate in communication?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15
Sept. 15* | Nov. 15

*Priority deadline

Understanding the different ways people communicate around the world will help you address socially and globally pressing communication challenges. The Communication doctoral program at UND provides you with knowledge and skills that will set you apart as a leader in international and intercultural communication.

Through the program, you'll work hand-in-hand with research faculty recognized for their work in:

  • Interpersonal and persuasive communication
  • Risk and crisis communication
  • New media and cyberculture
  • Strategic communication in digital and social media environments

You'll be a communications expert, prepared to teach at the college level or find a career in a media-related field as a researcher, consultant or policy maker.

This program is available on campus or online (asynchronous).

Communication at UND

  • Learn from recognized leaders in the field of international and intercultural communication.

  • Study in our newly created "DigiComm" lab in Columbia Hall.

  • Take part in teaching assistantships.

  • Earn a non-thesis master's degree on your way to completing your doctorate in our program.

  •  Study closely with faculty across the broad range of communication areas to prepare for both careers and citizenship.

  • Understand how information processes and communication technologies affect and benefit diverse local and global communities.

Communication Careers 


Projected growth for employment of postsecondary teachers from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations

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Median salary for Communication professors


Program graduates find careers as leaders of international and intercultural communication. Many go on to teach and do research at the postsecondary level.

Doctoral students from the University of North Dakota have gone on to a variety of jobs, including:

  • Communications Director
  • Department Chair
  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Lecturer

When You Earn a Degree in Communication

A Communication degree gives you the strategic communication skills you need for just about any career, including:

  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Brand management
  • Print and digital journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Social media
  • Fundraising
  • Politics
  • Video production

UND Communication Alumni

Communication alumni from the University of North Dakota have gone on to a variety of successful careers, including:

  • Print and broadcast journalists across the United States
  • Press secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Founders of public relations and advertising firms

Communication Ph.D. Courses

Leaders in Education

Take your education to the next level by studying Communication at UND.