Doctoral Programs by Research Area

KeysSocial SciencesMost doctoral programs in Communication indicate research areas or special research concentrations. Such areas are usually based on the types of research conducted by the faculty members in the program, as well as by the courses offered toward the graduate degree. Along with our alphabetical listing of doctoral programs and our state-by-state listing, NCA also organizes the Doctoral Program Guide by research area.

A program is listed within a specific research area based entirely upon its self-identification of research focus. Because the identification and labeling of research foci vary so greatly across programs, this list groups and categorizes research areas according to commonly understood labels. Thus, a given doctoral program may identify its research specialty as "media economics" or "media studies" or "media effects." That program would be included in the broader category below of "Mass Communication/Media Studies."

Communication & Technology | General Communication Studies | Gender Communication | Health Communication | Intercultural-International Communication | Interpersonal-Small Group Communication | Mass Communication-Media Studies | New Media-Social Media | Organizational Communication | Other-None | Performance Studies | Persuasion-Social Influence | Political Communication | Public Relations-Strategic Communication | Rhetorical Studies | Risk-Science-Environmental Communication

Communication & Technology

General Communication Studies

Gender Communication

Health Communication

Intercultural-International-Cultural Communication

Interpersonal-Small Group Communication

Mass Communication-Media Studies

New Media-Social Media-Gaming

Organizational Communication

Other-None Identified

Performance Studies

Persuasion/Social Influence

Political Communication

Public Relations-Strategic Communication

Rhetorical Studies

Risk-Science-Environmental Communication