NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Florida State University, School of Communication

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.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 48


Areas of Study

  • Mass Communication
  • Speech Communication


QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #101-150 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings--Language, Communication, & Culture

  • #77 of 250 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • 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).

Graduate Faculty

  • 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 Jinghui (Jove) Hou, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Davis Houck, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Felecia F. Jordan Jackson, Ed.D., West Virginia University
  • Assistant Professor Jaejin Lee, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Professor Stephen R. 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
  • 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
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Wendorf Muhamad, Ph.D., University of Miami
Research Specialties : 
General Communication Studies, Mass Communication-Media Studies