NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Purdue University, Brian Lamb School of Communication

Communication Studies at Purdue University celebrates a long and distinguished history, having granted doctoral degrees since 1948 and having offered masters degrees since 1947. As our field has developed over time, Purdue faculty and graduate students have been at the forefront leading those advancements in discovery, learning, and engagement. We celebrate our rich history and long-standing tradition, as well as the many alumni who have contributed to Purdue's outstanding reputation and who continue to have distinguished impacts on our discipline and beyond.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 107


Areas of Study

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Media, Technology, & Society
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Rhetorical Studies


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies 

  • #51-100 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #33 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • GRE Scores
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Sample of Scholarly Writing
  • Additional Supporting Materials (at the applicant's discretion)
  • Purdue University Graduate School Application
  • Application Fee
  • TOEFL/TWE/TSE Scores (International Students)

Graduate Faculty 

  • Associate Professor Josh Boyd, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Professor Robert X. Browning, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Robin Clair, Ph.D., Kent State University
  • Professor John O. Greene, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Natalie Lambert, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Seungyoon Lee, Ph.D., University of Southern California 
  • Professor Sorin Adam Matei, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Marifran Mattson, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Associate Professor Melanie Morgan, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Assistant Professor Evan Perrault, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Torsten Reimer, Ph.D., Free University of Berlin
  • Associate Professor Stephen Robb, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Professor Felicia Roberts, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Josh Scacco, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Brian Smith, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Professor Glenn Sparks, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Krishnamurthy Srariamesh, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Professor Howard Sypher, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor Maria Venetis, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Professor Ralph Webb, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Steve Wilson, Ph.D., Purdue University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication, 2008
  • Cushman Memorial Award, 2009
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2008
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2016