Doctoral Communication Study Program

Doctoral Communication Study Program officially joined the Faculty of Communication Sciences through the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture No. 217/E/O/ 2013 on May 28, 2013. Since then, the Master of Communication Studies Program is the only one that offers a doctoral-level communication science program in West Java. The Doctoral Program in Communication Studies, Fikom Unpad, is run by a structure based on the Rector’s Regulation of the University of Padjadjaran No. 20 of 2017 concerning the Second Amendment to the Rector’s Regulation No. 40 of 2016 concerning Organization and Management of Padjadjaran University Organization and Management of Universitas Padjadjaran. The Doctoral Program in Communication Studies, Fikom Unpad, always has a number of applicants that exceeds the acceptance quota, even though the number of applicants fluctuates in the period of acceptance. The number of applicants for the last year reached 110 people, but only 77 people received a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) and 38 people passed as prospective students. One of the causes that often becomes an obstacle for applicants not meeting the registration requirements is the LoA prerequisites which are difficult to obtain. Whereas LoA is a prerequisite for the next stage of registration. LoA requirements apply because the learning scheme adheres to the model by research. The suitability of research between prospective students and prospective promoters is a major consideration. Alumni of the Doctoral Communication Study Program have spread throughout Indonesia. So far, user and community acceptance has been very good. In size, they occupy important positions in corporations, government structures and universities. Currently they form the Communication Sciences Alumni Association (IDIK) Unpad Indonesia which actively organizes various scientific activities and community service. There are 13 permanent lecturers in the Doctoral Program in Communication Science, Faculty of Communication and Information Technology, Unpad, and the ratio of lecturers to students is ideal. A total of 77% of lecturers have the academic position of Head Lecturer, 7.6% of the academic position of Lecturer, and 15.4% of the academic position of Professor. The lecturers have fulfilled 12 credits for all areas of Tridharma. They have a clear research roadmap and conduct PKM regularly every year. They have fulfilled scientific publications, at least they have one to two research studies every year with the output of international journals indexed by Scopus either independently or with doctoral students under their guidance.