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How do I Earn a Media PhD?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
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  • Last Modified Date: 16 September 2018
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You may have several options if you decide to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Media. For example, you may pursue a media studies doctorate or work toward a film and media doctorate; you might even pursue a PhD in media, technology, and society. To earn a media PhD, you'll typically have to commit to many years of higher education. After high school or earning a general educational development (GED) diploma, you'll likely have to earn a bachelor's degree followed by a master's degree in order to be eligible to begin a PhD program. Admission to such programs typically involves submitting official transcripts and standardized test scores; submitting letters of recommendation; and writing a statement of personal goals.

Many media PhD programs share the same basic prerequisites. Many require applicants to have master's degrees before entering their PhD programs. Most schools require applicants to provide official transcripts, which will likely involve submitting official transcripts not only from the school at which you earned your master's degree, but also from every college you've attended. Depending on where you're planning to go to school, you may be required to submit the results of pre-admission standardized tests as well. Additionally, you'll probably have to secure and submit letters of recommendation and a personal goal statement that details why you're seeking entry to the PhD program; some schools may also require potential students to submit resumes or writing samples.

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The content of your media PhD course will usually depend on where you are accepted to pursue your doctorate degree. Most media PhD programs, however, include some of the same elements, such as core courses. For example, you may take courses covering such topics as international media issues and culture and communication. Your PhD program may also include components of independent study. To earn your media PhD, you'll likely have to write papers, conduct independent research, and write a dissertation; you may have to pass comprehensive exams or meet other requirements as well.

The amount of time you will need to earn a media PhD typically depends on the program itself, your particular preferences, and your other commitments. Many people earn PhDs within about five years, however. Some people decide to pursue their doctoral degrees online in the hopes of completing the educational requirements faster. While online learning can be convenient, it does not always translate into less time in school.

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