Doctorate in Communication

USC Annenberg offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in humanistic and behavioral approaches to communication.

Doctorate in Communication

Ph.D. candidates at USC Annenberg are at the scholarly forefront of the communication revolution. Graduates are prepared for careers in academia as well as in other endeavors that benefit from research skills and expansive knowledge of communications processes, institutions and impact on society.

Our graduates excel as university instructors, conducting original research and scholarship that advances knowledge in the field and contributes to the success of public and private sector enterprises ranging from media and entertainment industries to governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Meet Some of Our Doctoral Candidates


Nikita graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double-major in Communication and Psychology. Prior...

Nikita Hamilton

Olivia Gonzalez is a first year Ph.D. student at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Olivia graduated with...

Olivia Gonzalez

Kate's current research research focuses on the intersection of technology, identity, culture, and inequality. She has a BA in English (...

Katharine (Kate) Miltner

Joo-Wha Hong graduated summa cum laude from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving BA with honors in Communication. He...

Joo-Wha Hong

Yunwen Wang is a PhD student in health communication. Her research focuses on understanding and intervening health-related behaviors...

Yunwen Wang