Interdisciplinary Studies


PhD and MS in Information Security

In cooperation with the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), the School of Communication at Purdue University offers an MS and new PhD degree programs in Information Security. This multidisciplinary program is designed to meet national needs and student interests in security and assurance of computer information for the private and public sectors. In addition to communication classes, students should expect to take appropriate courses in computer science, philosophy, management, education, engineering, political science, etc. While a strong computational background would be helpful, it is not required. Current students have diverse interest and include a range of backgrounds -- previous work in government, corporate, and journalism/media sectors. NSF fellowships are available to students who meet the qualifications. Students interested in this program should contact Stacey Connaughton, Director of Graduate Studies.


Dual-Title PhD Degree in Communication/Gerontology

Purdue University offers a dual-title Ph.D. in Gerontology and several related disciplines including Communication. Students complete all degree requirements for the Ph.D. program in Communication. To earn the dual-title Ph.D., students must complete 24 hours (of the 42 hours in total) of coursework focused on gerontology, complete a dissertation which investigates a topic related to aging, and have their disseration committee chaired by a faculty member who associates with the gerontology program. Often the duel-degree program can be completed without extending the length of time in our Ph.D. program. More details.


Joint Ph.D. program in Communication and Philosophy

A special interdisciplinary program, combining communication and philosophy and leading to the Ph.D. degree, is available. Students who seek admission to the program will be reviewed by the School of Communication and the Department of Philosophy. Their applications will be processed in the same manner as all other applications in the respective departments, with special referral to the Communication-Philosophy Committee.

Each student enrolled in the program must begin by completing either a master's degree in communication or a master's degree or its equivalent in philosophy. Beyond this stage, he or she must additionally complete successfully not less than 15 hours in communication, 3 hours of which must be in communication research methodology, and not less than 15 hours in philosophy; these hours may include some required courses specified by the Communication-Philosophy Committee, with the concurrence of the respective departments. In all of these courses he or she must receive a grade of B or better. Each candidate will be required to take a preliminary examination administered by an examining committee consisting of two faculty members from each department; in each case it will be the prerogative of the Communication-Philosophy Committee to establish the specific areas covered by this examination. Competence in at least one foreign language at an established level of proficiency is required.

  1. Students who seek admission to this program are reviewed by the School of Communication and the Department of Philosophy.

  2. Applications are processed in the same manner as all other applications in their respective departments.

  3. Each student enrolled in the program must have completed either a Master's degree in Communication or its equivalent in Philosophy.

  4. The student must complete at least 15 hours in communication, 3 hours of which must be in communication research methodology, and not less than 15 hours in philosophy. These hours may include required courses specified by the Communication/Philosophy Committee.

  5. In all of these courses, the student must receive a grade of B or better.

Students interested in this program should contact Melanie Morgan, Director of Graduate Studies, Brian Lamb School of Communication.

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