NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Northwestern University, Department of Communication Studies

A Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University draws on preeminent scholarship in both the humanities and social sciences traditions. The program is designed for those intending to pursue a teaching and research career in higher education. Both research areas of the department brings students in contact with the innovative, award-winning scholars that make up the faculty of Northwestern’s Communication Studies department. Assumptions will be challenged as students develop solid methodology; insight will deepen as students are supported by academic excellence.

Association of American Universities Member

 

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 66

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Rhetoric & Public Culture
  • Interaction & Social Influence

Rankings

Neuendorf, et al., 2007

  • #7 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs  

  • #27 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #56 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012  

  • #16 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

CIOS 

  • Top Ten Research Program in 22 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #14 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • Statement of purpose (may not exceed 5,000 characters).
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation, submitted online.
  • One scanned copy of your transcript from each university you have attended.
  • Writing Sample (preferably something academic, such as a term paper, honors thesis or something equivalent) limited to 15-20 pages or less.
  • Your official GRE scores sent by ETS to institution code 1565, the NU Graduate School. Exam scores cannot be older than 4 years. Minimum scores are 650 for verbal (or the equivalent score under the new 170 point system), 650 for quantitative (or the equivalent score under the new 170 point system), and 4.5 for analytical writing.
  • If your native language is not English, you must certify your proficiency in the English language.

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Kate Baldwin, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Associate Professor Jeremy Birnholtz, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Professor Pablo Boczkowski, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor Aymar Jean Christian, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Noshir Contractor, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor James Ettema, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Professor Kathleen Galvin, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Associate Professor Dilip Gaonkar, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Assistant Professor Elizabeth Gerber, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Associate Professor Darren Gergle, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • Professor Eszter Hargittai, Ph.D., Princeton University
  • Professor Robert Hariman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Bruce Lambert, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Maria Mastronardi, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Rick G. Morris, J.D., University of Kansas
  • Professor Barbara O'Keefe, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Daniel O'Keefe, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Anne Marie Piper, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Professor Janice Radway, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Angela Ray, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Madhu Reddy, Ph.D., University of California-Irvine
  • Professor Irving Rein, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Professor Michael Roloff, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Courtney Scherr, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Professor James Schwoch, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor Aaron Shaw, Ph.D., University of California
  • Associate Professor Michelle Shumate, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Ellen Wartella, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor James G. Webster, Ph.D., Indiana University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Becker Distinguished Service Award, 2015
  • Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, 2011
  • Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication, 2000
  • Diamond Anniversary Book Award, 2006, 2008, 2013
  • Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, 2015
  • Cushman Memorial Award, 2010
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2002, 2003, 2014
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2002, 2004, 2009
  • Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2006, 2008
  • Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award, 2004, 2006, 2010
  • Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication, 2011
  • Kibler Memorial Award, 2002
Research Specialties : 
Persuasion-Social Influence, Rhetorical Studies