Fall 2019 Application Deadlines

US applicants: Jan. 15
International applicants: Dec. 1

In the online application, select Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (APRD) as the department, Media Research & Practice as the degree, and Strategic Communication as the subplan/track.

How to Apply


The PhD in Media Research and Practice (MDRP) is an umbrella that includes three distinct doctoral tracks in three separate departments in the College of Media, Communication and Information: 1) the PhD track in Strategic Communication offered by the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design; 2) the PhD track in Journalism Studies offered by the Department of Journalism; and 3) the PhD track in Media Studies offered by the Department of Media Studies.

The PhD in Strategic Communication is a distinct track that emphasizes analyzing how organizations—governments, non-profits, and corporations—build and maintain relationships by using advertising and public relations.  To this end, the program helps students understand how organizations do, and should, understand and align their activities to their socio-economic, media, and cultural environments.

This program emphasizes how theory informs practice, critically analyzing how advertising and public relations operate in ways that can—or could—constructively contribute to the successful, ethical and resilient functioning of society. The objective is to produce scholar-teachers and researchers who understand how organizations of different types intentionally build and maintain sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with their strategic publics within different socio-cultural environments through the use of advertising and public relations.

Why enroll?

  • One of the few doctoral programs offered in an advertising and public relations department
  • Study with award-winning researchers and teachers who are committed to assisting students achieve mastery of their work and chart a successful post-doctoral career
  • Faculty who have conducted research in an array of specialties (see list below)
  • Design a personally-designed plan of study to suit your interests
  • Collaborate with faculty and fellow graduate students on research projects
  • Study within a supportive environment, with the opportunity to teach courses relevant to your area of interest

Research interests of faculty teaching in the program