Student John Vilanova speaking in a dark room while standing in front of a bright screen

Joint Degrees and Certificates

Annenberg's individualized, interdisciplinary curriculum offers students the flexibility to incorporate certificates or dual degree programs into their education.

The Annenberg School for Communication offers its doctoral students a number of opportunities to customize their education by adding on additional degrees or certificates, including the Joint Degree in Communication and Political Science

Joint Degree in Communication and Political Science

Lizzie Martin in class with students behind her
Lizzie Martin is earning her Ph.D. in both Communication and Political Science

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and Political Science Department of the School of Arts and Sciences offer a joint doctoral degree in Communication and Political Science.

This combines the academic resources of Penn’s two well-respected schools, and provides an opportunity for advanced study by students who are interested in both fields. The degree can be satisfied with a single dissertation by the student. 

Learn More About the Joint Degree



The Annenberg School curriculum allows for as many as six courses to be taken outside of the Annenberg School. With these courses, some of our students choose to pursue certificates in the following disciplines, which are listed with their certificates' course requirements:

Teaching Certificate

Students can also earn a Teaching Certificate by taking part in a series of workshops and formal conversations about teaching and reflecting on their own teaching with a fellow from the Center for Teaching and Learning who has observed them in the classroom. The certificate contains four components:

  1. Pedagogical Discussions and Training 
  2. Teaching Experience 
  3. Observation and Review  
  4. Teaching Philosophy

Learn More About the Teaching Certificate

Individualized Dual Degree Opportunities

Chloe Nurik and Sanjay Jolly sitting on the Annenberg building steps
Chloé Nurik and Sanjay Jolly are each pursuing a J.D. from Penn Law while completing their doctoral degrees.

The Annenberg School prides itself on being flexible and interdisciplinary, offering students a chance to design their own course of study and pursue their unique academic interests. In fields where we may not offer official dual degree programs, several of our doctoral students have arranged for their own dual degree opportunities with other schools at Penn, including Penn Carey Law School and the School of Social Policy and Practice.

These students need to gain admission to both programs and then arrange special permission with both programs. Please contact Joanne Murray for more information.


Man viewed from behind as he speaks to a long table full of people

Apply to Annenberg

Get the details on how to apply to Annenberg's Ph.D. program.

More in Joint Degrees and Certificates