NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Drexel University, Department of Communication

The Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media at Drexel University is designed to develop innovative scholar/teachers who are able to impart theories and studies on the interaction of social forces and communication. The program trains researchers in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to communication study.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 23


Areas of Study

  • Political Communication (especially war and conflict)
  • Media treatment of immigration and immigrants
  • Consumer culture and culture change under commodification of the self
  • Theoretical and Methodological approaches to social media, discourse and political economy
  • Social justice issues
  • Popular music and fashion


  • None

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a BA or BS degree in an appropriate field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (preferred GPA 3.5 for courses in the major)
  • For international students, a TOEFL score of 700 (100 iBT) or equivalent.
  • A 1,500 word statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts of all college-level coursework
  • GRE scores

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Mary Ebeling, Ph.D., University of Surrey, UK
  • Professor Ernest Hakanen, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Professor Barbara Hoekje, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Emmanuel Koku, Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Professor David Kutzik, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Assistant Professor Hyunmin Lee, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Associate Professor Brent Luvaas, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Professor Rakhmiel Peltz, Ph.D., Columbia University & University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Douglas V. Porpora, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Associate Professor Rachel Reynolds, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Professor Mimi Sheller, Ph.D., New School for Social Research
  • Professor & Head Wesley Shumar, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Assistant Professor Asta Zelenkauskaite, Ph.D., Indiana University