NCA Doctoral Program Guide

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The Doctoral Program Guide is designed to provide timely and useful information about doctoral programs in Communication for students, prospective students, and other interested parties.

Which Programs Are Listed?

77 doctoral programs are included in this guide, all of which offer a Ph.D. degree in Communication (alphabetical listing, state-by-state listing). We also provide a listing by identified research area or specialty. We began with the programs that have traditionally been ranked or evaluated as doctoral programs in Communication by other sources and added a number of new programs. Several related programs are not included in the guide because they are listed or included in other resources (see list below). We had to make practical choices about the parameters for the guide, but those choices do not reflect any kind of value judgment about the centrality or importance of different parts of our diverse discipline. We aimed to develop a compilation of the information that has not been compiled elsewhere.

What are not listed here, but can be found through the links listed below, are: programs in English & Literature with emphases in rhetoric; programs in librarianship and information science; programs in Speech & Hearing Sciences; programs with a primary emphasis in theater and drama; and programs with a primary emphasis in journalism, public relations, and advertising.

For doctoral programs in related areas of study, visit the following:

What Information Can be Found in the Guide?

All information presented in this guide is publicly available on the individual department or program website and/or in other published sources. The guide provides 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 also recognize a program's recipients of NCA Awards from 2000-present and synthesize and report on the programs' standings in a series of different rankings/ratings, including:

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

Questions about the NCA Doctoral Program Guide should be directed to Trevor Parry-Giles (tparrygiles@natcom.org)


  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