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


Devora Olin, Donna Wilcox, Stephanie Hanisak, Lee B. Becker, and Tudor Vlad


The field of communication had 119 doctoral programs in academic year 2007-2008 spread widely across the country. These 119 programs represented an increase of 11 programs over those identified in 2006-2007.

Most of the doctoral degrees were classified as “Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric” (50.5%) in the federal classification scheme for fields of study. “Speech & Rhetorical Studies” made up 16.4% of the graduates.

The percentage of male degree recipients increased 2.9% from the previous academic year.

The percentage of degrees granted to students classified as “Hispanic” was, at 3.6%, the highest it has ever been in the history of the monitoring of these data. The percentage of degrees granted to students classified as “Black” and to students classified as “American Indian” also increased.

The number of doctoral degrees granted to students from outside the U.S. was 2.5 percentage points lower in 2007-2008 than in 2006-2007.

The copyrighted full text of the 2008 Doctoral Report is available here.