NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

North Carolina State University, Program in Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media

The Ph.D. Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at North Carolina State University prepares doctoral students to analyze the social, cultural, and political dimensions of information technologies, new communication media, and digital texts and to actively engage digital media through research, criticism, production, and practice. Students work with program faculty from the departments of Communication and English and with affiliated faculty from departments across the university to study oral, written, visual, computational, and multimodal forms of communication and rhetoric and digital media; to examine the transformation of communication in the context of converging digital media and communication networks; and to address the theoretical challenges of innovative, interdisciplinary research.Master's degree in Communication, English, Rhetoric, or other relevant field.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 39


Areas of Study

  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Media Production
  • Digital Rhetoric
  • Emerging Digital Genres
  • Environmental Communication
  • Game Studies
  • Interpersonal and Group Communication in a Network Society
  • Mobile Technologies and Culture
  • Online Information Design
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods in Digital Media Research
  • Science, Technology, and Risk Communication
  • Social Networks & Social Media
  • Technology and Pedagogy
  • Visual Rhetoric


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #195 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • Master's GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Master's level work should include one quantitative or qualitative methods course (this requirement may be met after admission from courses at NC State).
  • Master's level work should include 9 credit-hours in an approved disciplinary area and 3 credit-hours in a second disciplinary area (this requirement may be met after admission from master's level courses at NC State).

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Chris M. Anson, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Professor David Michael Berube, Ph.D., New York University
  • Assistant Professor Zachary Beare, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Associate Professor Andrew R. Binder, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Grant Bollmer, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Associate Professor Helen J. Burgess, Ph.D., West Virginia University
  • Professor Michael Carter, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Franklin D. Cason, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth A. Craig, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Professor Deanna Patricia Dannels, Ph.D., University of Utah
  • Associate Professor Adriana de Souza e Silva, Ph.D., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Associate Professor Huiling Ding, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Casie Fedukovich, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • Associate Professor Paul Fyfe, Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Professor Victoria J. Gallagher, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Associate Professor Ora Gelley, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Professor Jean Goodwin, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Marsha Gordon, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Assistant Professor Chris Ingraham, Ph.D., University of Colorado
  • Associate Professor Jessica Katz Jameson, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Professor Melissa A. Johnson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Andrew R. Johnston, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Associate Professor Susan M. Katz, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Professor Hans Dodds Kellner, Ph.D., University of Rochester
  • Professor William Kinsella, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Associate Professor James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • Associate Professor Kami A. Kosenko, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Nicole M. Lee, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
  • Associate Professor Devin Anthony Orgeron, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Professor Ann M. Penrose, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • Assistant Professor Stacey L. Pigg, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor David M. Rieder, Ph.D., University of Texas, Arlington
  • Professor Robert L. Schrag, Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • Associate Professor Sarah R. Stein, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor Timothy Linwood Stinson, Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Professor Jason Swarts, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Assistant Professor Nicholas Thiel Taylor, Ph.D., York University
  • Professor John N. Wall, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Assistant Professor Douglas M. Walls, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Ann Walsh, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Stephen B. Crofts Wiley, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Emily Winderman, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Professor Walt Wolfram, Ph.D., Hartford Seminary Foundation
  • Professor Kenneth S. Zagacki, Ph.D., University of Texas