Communication (CM75)

The Communication program is a highly interdisciplinary course of study with ties to both the humanities and social sciences. Among the distinctive features of the department are its synthesis of perspectives drawn from diverse disciplines, an emphasis on integrating communication theory with practice, a global focus and historical perspective, and a concern with issues of democracy, social change, power and inequality, and the role of media and communication processes in shaping these social realities.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences

Communication and Culture (Interpretive Strategies); Communication and the Person (Situated Practices); Communication as a Social Force (Social Formations); Media Practice; Communication and Science Studies; Communication and Critical Gender Studies.
Choosing a specialization is not required, and research interests may overlap more than one specialization.

Department Communication
Major Communication
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 15, 2021 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose




Additional Requirements

Academic writing sample.

Contact Info

Campus Office 125B Media Center/Communication Building
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Graduate Program/Department of Communication
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0503
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0503