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Ph.D. in Communication and Information

The integrative doctoral program in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University provides students with a foundation in communication and information. The curriculum begins with interdisciplinary core courses, and then becomes individually tailored to allow specialization in depth according to each student’s developing areas of expertise and research. This Ph.D. program is a logical extension of the convergence of the communication and information disciplines taking place within the college as well as in the academic, commercial and professional world.
Students may emphasize one or more areas including combinations of these faculty specialties:
  • * digital preservation/digital curation
  • * health communication
  • * health informatics
  • * human-information interaction
  • * information and religion
  • * information organization
  • * interpersonal communication
  • * knowledge management
  • * library management
  • * mass communication
  • * media studies
  • * museum studies
  • * organizational communication
  • * public relations
  • * social media
  • * user experience design
  • * youth services librarianship
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is research-oriented. The goal of the Ph.D. program in Communication and Information is to develop doctoral scholars' ability to generate knowledge by conducting and publishing research in their areas of expertise.

You can view the current version of  the CCI Ph.D. Handbook here:
2013-2014 CCI Ph.D. Handbook.

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College of Communication and Information
Kent State University
131 Moulton Hall
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-672-2950
Fax: 330-672-2952
Doctoral Studies Coordinator: George Cheney
School of Communication Studies                                                          
Kent State University
135 Taylor Hall
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-672-2659 
Fax: 330-672-3510
Graduate Coordinator: Mei-Chen Lin
Information Architecture and Knowledge Management
Kent State University
316 Library
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-672-5841
Fax: 330-672-2118
Graduate Coordinator: David Robins
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Kent State University
204 Franklin Hall
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-672-2572
Fax: 330-672-2895
Graduate Coordinator: Tim Roberts 
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University
314 Library
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-672-2782
Fax: 330-672-7965
Graduate Coordinator: Mary Anne Nichols
School of Visual Communication Design
Kent State University
231 Art
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-672-7856
Fax: 330-672-9714
Graduate Coordinator: Sanda Katila

How to find us: Our offices are located in various buildings throughout campus. To find the specific building and office for the College of Communication and Information or any of its schools or programs, click here.