NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Georgia State University, Department of Communication

Georgia State University’s Department of Communication offers a rigorous doctoral educational program under the mentorship of scholars prolific in the fields of media studies and rhetoric, including research in representation and stereotypes, media effects, social movements, and public argument, set in such contexts as international, political, legal, ethical, environmental, health, ideological, interpersonal, visual, and strategic communication. The intellectual and creative energies activated by this rich range of activity make the department an ideal place to prepare for a professional career in communication or academia and to undertake teaching and research that makes a difference.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 55


Areas of Study

  • Media & Society
  • Rhetoric & Politics


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #136 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements

  • A high standard of overall undergraduate and M.A.-level achievement.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for doctoral work.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities the applicant has attended.
  • Satisfactory scores on the General Test of the GRE (and, for international students, the TOEFL Examination). 
  • Personal statement of educational, research, and career goals.
  • A writing sample. Generally this is a researched, critical essay of standard article length (about 20 pages double-spaced).

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Jaye Atkinson, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Assistant Professor Tim Barouch, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Professor Mia Bloom, Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Associate Professor David Cheshier, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor Carrie P. Freeman, Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • Professor Cynthia Hoffner, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  • Professor Anthony Lemieux, Ph.D., University of Connecticut 
  • Professor Gregory Lisby, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • Professor Marian Meyers, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Assistant Professor Maria Repnikova, Ph.D., University of Oxford
  • Professor Mary Ann Romski, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Assistant Professor Tillman Russell, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Patrick Walter Wade, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor Dror Walter, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Holley Wilkin, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor Ann E. Williams, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Professor Carol Winkler, Ph.D., University of Maryland

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression, 2015
  • Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation & Performance Studies, 2006