The PhD Program in Emerging Media Studies at Boston University’s College of Communication creates sophisticated researchers and critical thinkers who are ready to pave the way in roles of communication, sociological and media leadership. Designed for students with a master’s degree, the 68-credit program can be completed in three years of full-time study, including summers.
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Produce innovative research
The objectives of the PhD program are to give students a comprehensive understanding of the role of emerging media in society and organizations, and hone their research skills so that they can undertake independent and innovative research on emerging media. Students gain an understanding of the philosophical and intellectual underpinnings of emerging media as well as their practical role in society and organizations. Graduates are able to critically evaluate issues related to the social role of emerging media.
The Communication Research Center, COM’s research hub, is an integral part of the PhD in Emerging Media Studies experience. Researchers at COM use the most advanced theory and methods to examine communication phenomena. Addressing both theoretical and applied problems through a range of quantitative and qualitative perspectives, faculty and students engage in the most cutting-edge developments in communication research that provide an extraordinarily fertile ground for innovation and science.
The CRC newsletter is a great resource for learning more about the innovative research taking place at the CRC. You can view our newsletters here.
The program supports and encourages close cooperation between our PhD students and faculty from EMS, COM, and beyond. Our students benefit from collaborative research opportunities and 360 mentoring.
“My experience participating in an active, robust community of learners within the EMS program provided me with a strong model for effective collaboration, teamming, and peer support, for which I am eternally grateful.”
– Sarah Krongard, PhD graduate (COM ’20)
Research, Development, and Design Consultant, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Influence the next generation
Along with research, teaching rests at the cornerstone of the doctoral degree. The College of Communication seeks to send scholars out into the world at the ready to enter industries, including academe. As such, doctoral students are required to serve as teaching fellows while enrolled in the program. Teaching obligations are managed by the program director, and are communicated to students in a timely fashion for planning purposes. On average, a student should expect to serve as a teaching fellow a minimum of two times during the three-year program.