Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Communication Studies, Ph.D. - Moving Image Studies Concentration

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of the Arts, the School of Film, Media & Theatre has the following requirements:

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit:

  • A statement of educational or career goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in Moving Image Studies.
  • An above average undergraduate and master’s grade point average.
  • Satisfactory scores on the General Test of the GRE
    • For International students, the TOEFL Examination.
  • A writing sample that demonstrates their ability to conduct and effectively present academic research.

NOTE: All applicants for the Moving Image Studies Ph.D. program must have earned a master’s degree before entering the program.

Applicants for the Ph.D. will be admitted in the fall only. The appliction deadline for fall admission is February 10 for Ph.D applicants. The school will not consider requests for Special Graduate Status admission.

Degree Requirements

Students must earn a grad of “B” or better in all required coursework. Minimum of 68 hours beyond the master’s degree.

Doctor of Philosophy 36 Credit Hours

Research Tools

9 Hours

Select nine credit hours from the following:

Area of Concentration

33 Hours

Select thirty-three credit hours in the area of concentration:

Doctoral Writing

1 Hour

  • FLME 8113 Doctoral Comprehensive Exam 1 Credit Hour

Note: Course should be taken while completing the comprehensive examination

Dissertation Research

20 Hours


  • A written and oral comprehensive examination
  • A successful Prospectus defense
  • A successful dissertation
  • A successful dissertation defense