NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

George Mason University, Department of Communication

The doctoral program in communication at George Mason University focuses on health and strategic communication. It prepares students for increasingly complex public and private communication environments. Students receive a strong theoretical and multi-methodological foundation, which enables them to examine the critical role communication performs in health promotion, disease prevention, quality of care, risk assessment, and crisis management. Students may also emphasize science communication in conjunction with either of these areas of focus.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 22

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Health Communication
  • Strategic Communication

Rankings

CIOS

  • Top Ten Research Program in 20 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies

  • #101-150 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online Application for Graduate Study.
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, if claiming entitlement to these rates.
  • One official transcript from all institutions attended for each program applied to unless the programs are in the same college or school.
  • Goals statement.
  • Letters of recommendation as required by the program.
  • Official test scores such as GRE or GMAT sent directly from testing agency, if required by your program.
  • Other materials specified by the program, which may include departmental forms, writing sample, portfolio, or interview.

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Carl Botan, Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • Assistant Professor Melissa Brockelman-Post, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Associate Professor Xiaomei Cai, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Assistant Professor Chris Clarke, Ph.D., Cornell University 
  • Assistant Professor Richard Craig, Ph.D., Howard University
  • Professor Warren Decker, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Associate Professor Tim Gibson, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
  • Associate Professor Mark Hopson, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Professor Gary Kreps, P.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Robert Lichter, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Professor Edward Maibach, Ph.D., Stanford University 
  • Associate Professor Star Muir, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Professor Anne Nicotera, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Professor Katherine Rowan, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Emily Vraga, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Kevin B. Wright, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Associate Professor Xiaoquan Zhao, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2012
  • Becker Distinguished Service Award, 2014
Research Specialties : 
Health Communication, Public Relations-Strategic Communication