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American University

Division of Communication Studies

Washington, DC

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Overview

American University / Division of Communication Studies is located in Washington, DC, in a suburban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Media, technology, and culture
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Media, public issues, and engagement
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Media industries and institutions

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 4
Doctoral Degrees 2

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

49
Applied
9
Accepted
4
Enrolled
18%

Applying

55
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards December 15
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

28
Total Graduate Students
28%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 17.86%
Black or African American 7.14%
White or Caucasian 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 0%

Gender

Male (35%)
Female (64%)

Faculty

8
Total faculty
Full-time - 6
Part-time - 2
Male (4)
Female (4)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Media, technology and democracy; Internet governance; intellectual property policy; disability and communication; social-issue games; platform governance; surveillance and society; public policy advocacy; social impact of mass media and communication policies; science, health, and environmental communication; intercultural and international strategic communication;
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20016-8001
United States
Contact Prof. Patricia Aufderheide
University Professor, PhD Program Director
Email: paufder@american.edu
Phone: 202-885-2680
Fax: 202-885-2069

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