About M&C: An Overview

Temple University’s doctoral program in Media & Communication (M&C) (formerly Mass Media & Communication) offers a comprehensive curriculum in communication theory and research designed to provide advanced students with the breadth and depth of knowledge they’ll need to make significant contributions in the field of mediated communication, and communication generally.

In addition to providing a foundational background in communication theory and research methodology, the curriculum is built around topics in areas that include:

  • International communication
  • New media
  • Communication and gender studies
  • Communication history
  • Media institutions
  • Psychological processing of media
  • Communication and social change

Other topics of study are listed on the Faculty page.

M&C students may also complete a limited amount of production coursework in audio, video, film and/or journalism.

Each Ph.D. student is mentored through an individualized course of study by a member of the M&C faculty in one or a combination of areas of study. Preliminary examinations are tailored individually to each student’s research program, and there are typically ample opportunities for students to participate in research and publication projects with individual faculty members. Because several departments in Temple’s School of Media and Communication (SMC) contribute faculty and other resources to M&C, there are also ample opportunities for qualified M&C students to obtain experience in undergraduate teaching.

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 72 graduate semester hours beyond the B.A., the successful completion of preliminary examinations, and the doctoral dissertation. The program is designed to take approximately 4 years: two and a half years of course work (the first year ‘core’ courses taken only with other doctoral students), half a year for writing the dissertation proposal and preparing for and taking the preliminary examinations, and a year for conducting and writing the dissertation.

For information concerning degree requirements and descriptions of specific courses offered, please consult the M&C section of the online Temple University Graduate Bulletin.

For information on courses offered during the current and upcoming semesters, please consult the Temple University online Course Schedule pages.

The School of Media and Communication

The M&C program is part of the School of Media and Communication (SMC), which consists of four departments: Media Studies and Production; Journalism; Advertising; and Strategic Communication. SMC includes approximately 3,700 undergraduates, more than 200 graduate students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees, 170 full- and part-time faculty members and extensive production and performance facilities.

Temple University

Temple University is a dynamic, urban institution founded in 1884. A Type I research university, Temple offers its approximately 35,000 students degrees in more than 100 fields. The main campus is located on 94.5 acres in North Philadelphia. The large Health Sciences Center is located nearby. Temple University Ambler is situated on 186 acres of rolling fields in suburban Montgomery County. Other campuses include the Tyler School of Art, Temple University Center City, and international campuses in London, Rome, and Tokyo. Follow the link below to see pictures of Temple’s main campus, including Annenberg Hall, where most M&C and other SMC faculty work.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is the sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States, a center for the mass media, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations. The birthplace of the nation, Philadelphia is internationally recognized as a major historical and cultural center which showcases great music, museums, theaters, dance, restaurants, architecture, and parks. The city’s many neighborhoods are rich in culture and tradition. Philadelphia is approximately two hours from both Washington, DC and New York City.