The Ph.D. program in the School of Communication at Florida State University offers two emphases: mass communication and speech communication. The general requirements of each are identical. The primary differences between the two emphasis areas are the (1) nature of the courses you take, (2) different faculty members traditionally associated with each, and (3) emphasis area distinction itself, which may be of importance based on your career plans. As a research-oriented institution, The Florida State University is committed to preparing the next generation of communication scholars. Therefore, we place an emphasis on preparing doctoral students to conduct significant, original research in her/his area of expertise and to teach communication in a university or college setting.
Florida State University is a Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity." From 2010-2014, the Florida State University conferred 33 doctorates in Communication.
- Mass Communication
- Speech Communication
- An excellent undergraduate academic record, from accredited universities, to include a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, doctoral applicants should have a minimum of a 3.3 in their master’s degree work.
- GRE scores as follows: master’s program applicants, 148 verbal and 144 quantitative; doctoral program applicants: 150 verbal and 147 quantitative; combined BA/MA program applicants: 155 verbal and 150 quantitative. Applicants who took the previous version of the GRE must have a combined score of 1000.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- A personal statement to be evaluated for its clarity of expression, creativity and persuasiveness in arguing that the applicant has the necessary record of preparation and performance to succeed in the program; the applicant’s goals can be served by the program’s courses and experiences; the program itself can benefit significantly from the applicant’s talent and experiences; and the applicant will enrich the diversity of students in his or her program.
- A resume or writing sample (optional for master’s students; required for doctoral students).
- Professor Jonathan Adams, Ed.D., Boston University
- Professor Laura Arpan, Ph.D., University of Alabama
- Assistant Professor Malia Bruker, M.F.A., Temple University
- Assistant Professor Sindy Chapa, Ph.D., University of Texas-Pan American
- Assistant Professor Russell Clayton, Ph.D., University of Missouri
- Assistant Professor Juliann Cortese, Ph.D., Ohio State University
- Assistant Professor Brian Graves, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
- Assistant Professor Summer Harlow, Ph.D., University of Texas
- Assistant Professor Jinghui (Jove) Hou, Ph.D., University of Southern California
- Professor Davis Houck, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
- Associate Professor Felecia Jordan, Ed.D., West Virginia University
- Assistant Professor Jaejin Lee, Ph.D., University of Florida
- Professor Stephen MacNamara, J.D., Florida State University
- Professor Stephen McDowell, Ph.D., York University
- Assistant Professor Patrick Merle, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
- Professor Donna Marie Nudd, Ph.D., University of Texas
- Professor Andrew Opel, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
- Associate Professor Jennifer Proffitt, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
- Professor Arthur Raney, Ph.D., University of Alabama
- Associate Professor Jay Rayburn, Ph.D., Florida State University
- Associate Professor Ulla Sypher, Ph.D., University of Kansas
NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs
- #53 of 83 programs in Research Output
- #24 of 83 programs in Diversity
Allen, et al., 2012
- #37 of 60 prorgrams in Number of Citations
- Top Ten Research Program in 10 of 99 Research Areas
QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies
- #101-150 of 200 World Universities
Director of Doctoral Studies
School of Communication
Suite 3100, University Center C, FSU
P.O. Box 3062664
Tallahassee, FL USA 32306-2664
Director of Doctoral Studies: Dr. Laura Arpan