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Master's-Level Statistics Competency
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  School of Communication and Information 2023-2025 Ph.D. Program in Communication, Information, and Media Program Program Requirements  

Program Requirements

The communication, information, and media (CIM) Ph.D. degree is granted upon completion of course requirements, passing written and oral qualifying examinations, and successful defense of the proposal and doctoral dissertation. These requirements are described below:

I. Master's-level statistics competency

II. Course requirements  core requirements program area requirements:
  • Communication (COM)
  • Library and Information Science (LIS)
  • Media Studies (MS)
  • transfer of approved master's degree course credits
  • dissertation research credits (24-27 required beyond coursework, minimum of 1 research credit  per semester until graduation)

III. Qualifying examinations (oral and written)

IV. Proposal

V. Dissertaion

All students are encouraged to involve themselves with faculty research as early as possible with multiple and varied research experiences. Doctoral students are required to attend program-sponsored colloquia, regularly held on select Friday afternoons throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to also take advantage of the many additional colloquia, conferences, lectures, symposia, and workshops scheduled each year, not only at the School of Communication and Information, but throughout Rutgers University and the many other research universities within easy commute. As an additional part of one's doctoral preparation, students are expected to actively submit to and present at various regional, national, and/or international scholarly conferences relevant to their research.
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