NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Chapman University, School of Communication

The Chapman University Ph.D. program in Communication will prepare you to teach and conduct research in the academic, as well as the professional, setting. Consistent with the program’s Areas of Emphasis, students will be prepared in the contexts of Interpersonal Communication, Health Communication, Strategic Communication, and New Media Communication. If you have an interest in other sub-disciplines within the field of Communication, their faculty will help guide you in pursuit of those research interests such as in Family Communication, Instructional Communication, and Intercultural Communication.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: N/A


Areas of Study

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Strategic Communication
  • New Media Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Instructional Communication
  • Intercultural Communication



Admission Requirements

  • Official Transcripts
  • GRE Scores (PhD only)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Vikki Katz, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Michelle Miller-Day, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Professor Keith Weber, Ed.D., West Virginia University
  • Professor Jennifer Bevan, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Professor Lisa Sparks, PhD, University of Oklahoma
  • Professor Mark Hopson, Ph.D, Ohio University
  • Associate Professor Sophie Janicke-Bowles, Ph.D., Florida State University
  • Associate Professor Sara LaBelle, Ph.D., West Virginia University
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Tukachinsky-Forster, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Assistant Professor Hannah Ball, Ph.D., West Virginia University
  • Assistant Professor, Gabriel Miao Li, Ph.D., University of Michigan