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Doctoral Program

CCI Doctoral Program

The combination of outstanding professors, excellent students, and a leading-edge interdisciplinary curriculum sets the College of Communication and Information doctoral program apart from the rest.

As a doctoral student in our PhD program, which is the first of its kind in the Southeastern United States, you will receive a world-class PhD experience. Our integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum enables you to approach the discipline from a holistic perspective.  This perspective and way of thinking will make you unique and valued as a professional. 

While working with exceptional faculty members, you will gain state-of-art expertise in a primary area (Advertising, Communication Studies, Information Science, Journalism and Electronic Media, or Public Relations) and in a cognate area.  You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to create new knowledge by gaining a thorough understanding of the influence of paradigmatic assumptions on theory building, of a wide variety of research methodologies, and much, much more.

We offer competitive graduate funding with a tuition waiver to students admitted to the PhD program. For more about funding opportunities, please view our financial aid and scholarships page.

Want more information about the CCI Doctoral Program? Contact us at ccigradinfo@utk.edu!