The Doctor of Communication (DComm) Program is designed to strengthen the capability of practitioners by bringing the academic rigors of research, intellectual growth, and professional skills into the profession of communication as it is practiced in industry and academe in particular, and in society in general.

Program Objectives

To strengthen critical thinking skills in the professional practice of communication;

  •     To use research-based information and knowledge to enhance intellectual, managerial, and decision-making skills in communication;
  •     To enhance abilities to generate new practical knowledge and skills in the professional practice of communication;
  •     To strengthen ability to conceptualize, prepare, and present technical papers in professional communication conferences or publish in refereed journals; and
  •     To strengthen intellectual skills and capacity to undertake independent studies and synthesis of best professional practices in the field of communication.

DComm graduates, therefore, are expected to demonstrate higher level abilities in:

  1.     the conduct of independent studies and synthesize practical knowledge and best practices in the field of communication; and 
  2.     the design, implementation and evaluation of practical continuing education programs, including short-term higher-level training courses for other communication practitioners.

Admission Requirements

An Applicant must have:

  • a Master’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning;
  • a UP-equivalent grade point average (GPA) of 1.75 or better in the Master’s degree program; and panel interview


The applicant shall be evaluated by the DComm Admissions Committee, based on a complete portfolio that contains the following:

  •     Statement of Intent in the form of a 2,000-word essay outlining the applicant’s research plan of action, which includes the proposed research framework, problem (in question form) or topics.
  •     Portfolio of written work comprising the applicant’s written work (e.g., publications and studies undertaken wherein the applicant is the sole or senior author, media productions, scripts, etc.).
  •     English language proficiency report indicating that the applicant, who is not a native speaker of English and who did not take previous academic coursework in English, has passed a valid English proficiency examination (e.g., International English Language Testing System – IELTS, or Test of English as Foreign Language – TOEFL).
  •     Proficiency in the use of computers and the Internet, which may be an actual demonstration of proficiency in the use of computer technologies, the Internet, and other information and communication tools essential for undertaking independent research.
  •     Official Transcript of Records (ToR) from the applicant’s Alma Mater recognized by the CHED or the University of the Philippines.
  •     Two letters of recommendation from former professors, or from current/previous employers or colleagues in the field of communication.
  •     Receipt to testify that the applicant has paid the required application fee to the UPOU.
  •     Special Needs Statement that would include but not limited to physical and mental conditions that might require special attention or support service.

Other additional and special admission requirements that may be imposed by the University of the Philippines Open University.

The DComm Admissions Committee is responsible for determining whether or not an applicant may be admitted to the DComm Program.


Academic Program Requirements

The course requirements of the DComm Program consist of formal theory courses, an online colloquium in communication research, and a doctoral dissertation.

Students shall be required to enroll in the following ten generic communication core courses, each one (except the Doctoral Dissertaion) with a credit of 3 units, and a three-unit colloquium.


COURSES  (33 units) 

Comm 310   Communication Theory and Practice (3units)

Comm 320   Management of Communication Media Resources & Systems (3 units)

Comm 330   Communication Policy and Planning (3 units)

Comm 340   Organizational Communication (3 units)

Comm 350   Information and Knowledge Management (3 units)

Comm 360   Information & Communication Media Technologies (3 units)

Comm 370   Corporate Social Responsibility Communication (3 units)

Comm 380   Advocacy and Social Mobilization (3 units)

Comm 390   Communication Research Paradigms (3 units)

Comm 391   Communication Research Methodologies (3 units)

Comm 399   Online Colloquium in Communication  (3 units)

Comm 400   Doctoral Dissertation (12 units)


The colloquium (Comm 399), worth 3 units, requires that the student enrolled shall serve as moderator and resource person in a two-week, 24/7 online discussion where he/she shall present, discuss, and defend his/her research in a selected area or topic.  Sample topics include, but not limited, to:

  •     Packaging research and communication evaluation study proposals;
  •     Research instrumentation;
  •     Data collection and construction approaches;
  •     Data analysis techniques;
  •     Software (statistical packages) applications;
  •     Data interpretation techniques;
  •     Ethical issues in communication practice;
  •     Analysis of communication programs in various agencies and institutions;
  •     Curricular issues and concerns in the field of communication;
  •     Impact of communication technologies on social institutions;
  •     Challenges in communication special social problems, etc.

While Enrolled in the DComm Program, a student shall, at the same time, undertake research from which he/she shall develop a technical article for publication in a refereed journal or a paper to be presented in a communication conference.

The student shall also undertake a doctoral dissertation. This doctoral dissertation (Comm 400), worth 12 units, is a comprehensive, exhaustive, and scholarly report based on research that the student shall conduct while enrolled in the DComm Program.  The student’s dissertation is subject to oral defense by the student before his/her Advisory Committee, meeting en banc, and which may also be attended (by invitation) by other DComm students.  The student who has defended his/her dissertation shall also either present at a professional conference or publish in a refereed journal a technical paper based on said dissertation.

The moment a student enrolls in Comm 400, he/she is required to complete the dissertation within six semesters.  If after six semesters the student has not completed the dissertation, he/she shall choose one of two options: (a) gather new set of data on the same topic, or (b) change topic altogether.


1. Melinda dP. Bandalaria
2. Grace Javier Alfonso
3. Melinda F. Lumanta
4. Jean Saludadez
5. Alexander G. Flor
6. Madeline M. Suva (Affiliate Faculty)
7. Arminda Santiago (Affiliate Faculty)
8. Felix Librero (Professor Emeritus)