Survey of Doctoral Programs in Communication:
Updated Report for 2004-2005 Graduates


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, and Maria Tucker


In 2004-2005, the IPEDS data contain 109 different entries for doctoral programs (Table 1) in communication, based on the CIP 9, 10 and 23.1001 codes. These filings are for those who received their
degrees in the July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005, period. As the table shows, the most common classification
was “Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric,” accounting for 42 of the programs. The second largest classification, consistent with past years, was “Speech and Rhetorical Studies,” with 21 programs. Fifteen programs were classified as “Mass Communication/Media Studies, ” and six were classified as “Journalism” (an unchanged CIP code).6

The 109 IPEDS filings in 2004-2005 do not represent 109 unique universities or even 109 distinct programs. The University of Texas at Austin reported data using four different CIP codes in 2004-2005, as it had done year earlier. At some universities, a single CIP filing represents more than one program. The University of Colorado is such a case. At some universities, graduates of a single program are filed with different CIP classifications. Howard is an example of this.

The copyrighted full text of the 2005 Doctoral Report is available here.