NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Ohio State University, School of Communication

Graduate study in communication at Ohio State University is flexible and tailored to the individual, with coursework and individual study taking place within the context of theoretical perspectives grounded in empirical social science. Both the master's and Ph.D. programs begin with an examination of the basic research methods and theories that serve to guide students in selection of a particular area of study and the choice of an adviser. This set of courses provides students with an understanding of contemporary theory and methods that span the broad field of communication. After gaining a foothold in the current state of the field, students specialize in the area of their choice.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 64


Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Communication Technology & Society
  • Health Communication & Social Influence
  • Mass Communication, Uses & Effects
  • Political Communication & Public Opinion


Neuendorf, et al., 2007    

  • #27 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs  

  • #2 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #44 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012  

  • #4 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 43 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #31 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • The applicant's statement of interest and intent with regard to a graduate program in the School of Communication.
  • Detailed resume.
  • At least three letters of recommendation.
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • Scores on the general aptitude sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); and
  • Other evidence of potential for success in graduate study.

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Osei Appiah, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor Joseph Bayer, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor Robert Bond, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Assistant Professor James Bonus, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Professor Hyunyi Cho, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Jason Coronel, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor David DeAndrea, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Graham Dixon, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Professor William Eveland, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Jesse Fox, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Associate Professor Kelly Garrett, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor Lanier Holt, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Assistant Professor Shelly Hovick, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Assistant Professor Richard Huskey, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Assistant Professor Hyun Suk Kim, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Susan Kline, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, Ph.D., University of Music, Drama, & Media
  • Associate Professor Gerald Kosicki, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Roselyn Lee-Won, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor Siyue Apri Li, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • Assistant Professor Teresa Lynch, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Associate Professor Emily Moyer-Gusé, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • Professor Amy Nathanson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Erik Nisbet, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Associate Professor Felecia Ross, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Assistant Professor Hillary Shulman, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Professor Michael Slater, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Professor Zheng Joyce Wang, Ph.D., Indiana University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Cushman Memorial Award, 2007
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2000
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Health Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Political Communication