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Conducting Research

The Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences is foremost a research degree.  Graduate students learn to conduct high quality research that will advance knowledge, develop and test theory, and offer novel and compelling insights into communication in our society.  Conducting research carries with it important responsibilities, including upholding standards for scholarly integrity, following guidelines for the treatment of human research subjects, promoting ethical professional conduct, and navigating the realm of co-authorship and collaboration.  Learn more about these responsibilities and related resources by exploring these topics.

What is the Scholarly and Research Integrity Requirement?

Effective August 2009, all entering graduate students, by act of the Graduate School, must complete two on-line courses involving (1) the Responsible Conduct of Research and (2) Training in the Use of Human Subjects.  Students must complete the two courses by no later than November 1 in the first year of their entry into the Graduate Program. In addition to the on-line instruction, those in the Ph.D. Program must complete five hours of discussion-based instruction involving research integrity and the responsible conduct of research that the Graduate Officer will arrange. Such instruction ordinarily will occur during one’s first year but not prior to November 1. Students in the M.A. Program who advance to the Ph.D. Program will have to complete the discussion-based component in the first year of doctoral study but will not have to repeat the on-line courses. Failure to complete these requirements will prevent one from earning a degree. For additional information, visit https://www.research.psu.edu/training/sari.