NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Howard University, School of Communications

Focusing on areas of importance in an emerging digital and multicultural world, the Communication, Culture, & Media Studies doctoral program at Howard University is designed to train scholars and other academic leaders to contribute to the interdisciplinary scholarship of communication with a particular emphasis in multicultural and mediated communication. Offering core competencies in research strategies (qualitative, quantitative, and critical), theory and methodology, the doctor of philosophy program seeks to prepare students in the scholarly fields of communications. This interdisciplinary field incorporates concerns about culture, technology, policy, ownership, gender and racial equality, national development, persuasion, marketing, health and other issues. In an effort to fulfill the university's mission, the graduate curriculum emphasizes multiculturalism, global issues and social justice concerns.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 81

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Communication Technology & Policy
  • Media Studies
  • Strategic Communication

Rankings

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #80 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #1 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #58 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

Admission Requirements

  • Domestic Graduate: To complete the application process, you must return the signature page found at the end of the on-line application, the $45 application fee, statement of interest, autobiographical sketch, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, and GRE scores. If you are interested in being considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships, enclose a letter with your materials and send one directly to the department.
  • International Graduate: To complete the application process, you must return the signature page found at the end of the on-line application, the $45 application fee, statement of interest, autobiographical sketch, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts (not photocopies) from ALL colleges and universities attended sent directly from the Registrar's Office, GRE scores, TOEFL scores, and a statement of financial resources.

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Carolyn M. Byerly, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Assistant Professor Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Professor Abbas Malek, Ph.D., American University
  • Professor Carolyn Stroman, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Assistant Professor Wei Sun, Ph.D., Howard University
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Public Relations-Strategic Communication