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Communication Studies

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administrative contact

Terri Kelley
phone: 304-293-3905
fax: 304-293-8667

program contact

Scott A. Myers
Ph.D. Graduate Studies Coordinator
phone: 304-293-3905

Program Details

Program Description

The PhD program in communication studies is intended to qualify the student to teach and conduct research in instructional communication, interpersonal communication, or organizational communication at the university level. Students who are accepted will be awarded an assistantship for the first year, which is renewable for the second and third years of the program.

Career Profile

Job Titles and Employers of Recent Graduates From This Program:
Assistant Professor, Murray State University; Assistant Professor, Penn State University-Hazleton; Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky; Assistant Professor, DePaul University; Assistant Professor, Collin County Community College; Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin University; Assistant Professor, Texas A&M International University and Assistant Professor, Towson University

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Test Requirements: GRE (min of 290-310 with a min of 4.0 on analytical writing)
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

Additional items to be submitted as part of your online application process include:

- three letters of recommendation
- a curriculum vitae
- a personal statement
- a sample of scholarly work
- additional supporting materials

For specific details on each of these categories and the application process, go to:

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: January 15, 2014
  • Spring Deadline: Do Not Admit
  • Summer Deadline: Do Not Admit


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