NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Pennsylvania State University, College of Communications

Graduate study in the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University is based in the research and teaching expertise of the College’s distinguished graduate faculty. They believe that graduate communications scholarship is most effective and rewarding when graduate students are given the opportunity to work with a cadre of prominent scholars whom students have identified as having the particular expertise that best suits their scholarly objectives. 

Association of American Universities Member

 

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 92

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Critical & Cultural Studies
  • International Communications
  • Law, Government, & Politics
  • Media Effects
  • Strategic Communications
  • Telecommunications, Technology & Information Policy

Rankings

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs  

  • #28 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #16 of 83 programs in Diversity

CIOS  

  • Top Ten Research Program in 19 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #36 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • Statement of purpose (two to three pages explaining your academic interest and background in communications and how graduate study at Penn State fits into your career plans).
  • Writing sample (any academic or professional work that demonstrates your analytical and writing abilities).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (preferably from those who can assess your past academic performance and potential for graduate studies).
  • Two (2) official copies of transcripts from each university attended (international transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English copy).
  • Official GRE Scores (analytical writing, verbal general and quantitative general). Official TOEFL Scores (for international students only).

Graduate Faculty 

  • Associate Professor Lee Ahern, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor George Anghelcev, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Robert Baukus, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
  • Associate Professor Denise Bortree, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Associate Professor Colleen Connolly-Ahern, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Associate Professor Frank Dardis, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • Associate Professor Marcia Distaso, Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Associate Professor Michael Elavsky, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Alex Fattal, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Associate Professor Russell Frank, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Rob Frieden, J.D., University of Virginia
  • Assistant Professor Pearl Gluck, M.F.A., City College of New York
  • Associate Professor Michel Haigh, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Professor Marie Hardin, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Associate Professor Anne Hoag, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Matthew Jackson, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Associate Professor Krishna Jayakar, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Associate Professor Matthew Jordan, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • Associate Professor Ann Major, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Professor Matthew McAllister, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Mary Beth Oliver, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Anthony Olorunnisola, Ph.D., Howard University
  • Professor Patrick Parsons, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Robert Richards, Ph.D., J.D., American University
  • Professor Ford Risley, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Associate Professor Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Associate Professor John Sanchez, M.A., Ohio State University
  • Associate Professor Michael Schmierbach, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Fuyuan Shen, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Associate Professor Richard Sherman, M.F.A., Ohio University
  • Professor S. Shyam Sundar, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor Yael Warshel, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Associate Professor Bu Zhong, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Intercultural-International Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Political Communication, Public Relations-Strategic Communication