Graduate study in the Department of Communication provides students with the theoretical thinking and methodological skills they need to become world-class communication researchers. Broadly based in the social sciences, the department has emphases in three primary research areas: interpersonal & intergroup communication, media & digital communication, and organizational & group communication. Doctoral students may add an interdisciplinary focus in Black Studies; Cognitive Science; Feminist Studies; Global Studies; Language, Interaction & Social Organization; Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences; or Technology & Society.
The Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers advanced study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. A terminal MA program is not offered.