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: High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 31


Areas of Study

  • Media, Technology, and Society
  • Organizational Communication



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
  • Assistant Professor Shuning Lu, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • 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
  • Associate Professor David Westerman, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Cheng Zeng, Ph.D. University of Jyvaskyla