NCA Doctoral Program Guide

Ph.D.At the urging of the NCA Doctoral Education Committee, the National Communication Association has developed a Doctoral Program Guide with the express purpose of collecting and presenting relevant, timely, and useful information about doctoral programs in the Communication arts and sciences. This information is offered for use by prospective and existing doctoral students, as well as other interested parties.

NCA has identified 76 doctoral programs that offer a Ph.D. degree in Communication (alphabetical listing, state-by-state listing). We also list the programs by identified research area or specialty. If a program has been traditionally ranked or evaluated as a doctoral program in Communication, or if it is a new program in the discipline, it is profiled in this resource guide. Doctoral programs that exclusively confer a Ph.D. in journalism were not included. While it attempts to include as many doctoral programs as possible, the Doctoral Program Guide could not feasibly offer information on every doctoral degree granting program that in some way addresses the communication arts and sciences. As such, programs in English & Literature departments with emphases in rhetoric are not included and programs in librarianship and information science are similarly not presented here. Programs in Speech & Hearing Sciences are also not included nor are programs with a primary emphasis in theater and drama.

All information presented in this guide is publicly available on the individual department or program website and/or in other published sources. Questions about the NCA Doctoral Program Guide should be directed to Trevor Parry-Giles (tparrygiles@natcom.org)

StudentIn addition to general information about each of the identified doctoral programs, we also provide the specific concentrations or research emphases of each program, the admissions requirements for each program, a listing of the programs' graduate faculty, and contact information. In addition, we synthesize and report on the programs' standing in a series of different rankings/ratings and recognize a program's recipients of NCA Awards from 2000-present. Specifically, we indicate the programs' rankings in the following:

For a review of doctoral program rankings and ratings in Communication, please read the NCA Report "Assessing Doctoral Program Quality in Communication."


  Alphabetical Listing of Doctoral Programs  |  Listing of Doctoral Programs by State  

Alabama 

Arizona 

California 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

District of Columbia 

Florida 

Georgia 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Nebraska 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New York 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Virginia 

Washington 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin