NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

North Dakota State University, Department of Communication

The doctoral program in communication at North Dakota State University is unique. Students are encouraged to engage in applied research that seeks to solve real-world problems. While some programs produce dissertations and research that are read by few and used by no one, our program seeks to make a difference in the world. Our doctoral students, who come from a variety of academic backgrounds, strive to understand issues, solve problems, and create programs that can improve organizational, educational, interpersonal, and intercultural settings and situations.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 27

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Media & Society
  • Organizational Communication

Rankings

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #61 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #69 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012 

  • #55 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

CIOS 

  • Top Ten Research Program in 14 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements 

  • Graduate application.
  • Statement of reasons for graduate study.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate degree(s) earned.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A CV or resume which clearly identifies your current position, including your responsibilities; your professional publications and papers; your service and professional activity; and your teaching and training experiences.
  • A professional writing sample, such as a master's thesis, a final paper for a course, a conference paper, a briefing paper or a news article.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  • TOEFL test results (required for international students).

Graduate Faculty 

  • Associate Professor Stephenson J. Beck, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Professor Ann Burnett, Ph.D., University of Utah
  • Professor Ross F. Collins, Ph.D., University of Cambridge
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Crisp Crawford, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • Associate Professor Catherine Y. Kingsley Westerman, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Zoltan P. Majdik, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Mark Meister, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Assistant Professor Robert Mejia, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Charles Okigbo, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Associate Professor Carrie Anne Platt, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Assistant Professor Melissa Vosen Callens, Ph.D., North Dakota State University
  • Assistant Professor Justin Walden, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Christopher Walker, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University
  • Associate Professor David Westerman, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Research Specialties : 
Mass Communication-Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Other-None