NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Texas A&M University, Department of Communication

The Department of Communication at Texas A&M University has leading scholars who examine the way that communication transmits information and influences individual and collective behavior as well as the way that communication creates, sustains, and changes culture and communities. Its faculty are engaged in innovative and cutting edge research projects that address critical social issues from a communication perspective in the areas of health communication, organizational communication, rhetoric and public affairs, and telecommunication media studies.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 67


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Gender Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations-Strategic Communication
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
  • Telecommunication Media Studies


Neuendorf, et al., 2007

  • #20 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

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


  • Top Ten Research Program in 35 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Application.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts from every senior level college/university attended. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation.
  • Official Test Scores--GRE.
  • TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language (International applicants only).

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor J. Kevin Barge, Ph.D., University of Kansas 
  • Professor Blanton Hart, Ph.D., Princeton University
  • Professor Sandra Braman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Patrick Burkart, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Heidi A. Campbell, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Charles Conrad, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Professor Timothy Coombs, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Professor Nathan Crick, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Professor Leroy G. Dorsey, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Associate Professor Tasha N. Dubriwny, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Associate Professor Johanna Dunaway, Ph.D., Rice University
  • Professor Robert K. Goidel, Ph.D., University of Kentucky 
  • Professor Sherry Holladay, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Associate Professor Antonio La Pastina, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Jennifer Lueck, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Matthew S. May, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Mercieca, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Kristan Poirot, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Associate Professor Srividya Ramasubramanian, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Emily Rauscher, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Professor Michael T. Stephenson, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • Professor Richard L. Street, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Randall S. Sumpter, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Lu Tang, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor Cara Wallis, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Assistant Professor Anna Wielderhold Wolfe, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Professor Peter Yu, J.D., Yeshiva University

NCA Awards to Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, 2003
  • Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship, 2016 
Research Specialties : 
Gender Communication, Health Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Public Relations-Strategic Communication, Rhetorical Studies