Survey of Doctoral Programs in Communication:
Updated Report for 2011-2012 Graduates


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, and Holly Simpson


Eighty-two universities in the U.S. reported enrollments in doctoral programs as part of the 2011-2012 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

These 82 universities listed 120 different programs in terms of the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes used by IPEDS.

The programs, based on this classification system, focus overwhelmingly on Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

Mass Communication and Media Studies and Rhetoric and Composition are the second most common classification of the programs.

The 82 universities with doctoral programs granted 659 degrees in academic year 2011-2012.

The copyrighted full text of the 2012 Doctoral Report is available here.