Survey of Doctoral Programs in Communication:
Updated Report for 2007-2008 Graduates


Megan Vogel, Donna Wilcox, Stephanie Hanisak, Lee B. Becker, and Tudor Vlad


In 2006-2007, the IPEDS data contain 118 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, 2006, to June 30, 2007, period. As the table shows, the most common classification was “Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric,” accounting for 47 of the programs. The second largest classification, consistent with past years, was “Speech and Rhetorical Studies,” with 21 programs. Eighteen programs were classified as “Mass Communication/Media Studies, ” and six were classified as “Journalism.”

The 118 IPEDS filings in 2006-2007 do not represent 118 unique universities or even 118 distinct programs. For example, the University of Texas at Austin reported data using four different CIP codes in 2006-2007 and Northwestern reported data using three codes, as they have done in previous years . At some universities, a single CIP filing represents more than one program. The University of Colorado is such a case. At some universities, like Howard University in Washington, D.C., graduates of a single program are filed with different CIP classifications.

The copyrighted full text of the 2007 Doctoral Report is available here.