NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Alabama, College of Communication & Information Sciences

The doctoral program in the College of Communication & Information Sciences prepares students for top positions as researchers, scholars and thought leaders in academia, industry or government. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, PhD candidates work alongside world leaders in the field to develop research proficiency, breadth and a depth of knowledge. Departments include Advertising + Public Relations, Communication Studies, Journalism & Creative Media, and Library & Information Studies.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 98


Areas of Study

  • Applied Communication
  • Book and Publishing Studies
  • Emergent Media
  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Media Processes and Effects
  • Rhetoric and Political Discourse
  • Social Justice and Inclusion Advocacy
  • Sports Communication


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies 

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #119 of 300 World Universities



Admission Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/ CV
  • Writing Sample
  • Three academic references
  • Transcripts
  • English language proficiency scores
  • GPA requirements
  • GRE scores (optional)

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Brian Britt, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Courtney Boman, Ph.D.
  • Professor Brooke McKeever, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor, Jihoon Kim, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Joshua Bramlett, Ph.D.
  • Professor Karla Gower, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Martina Topic, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Matthew VanDyke, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Steven Holiday, Ph.D.
  • Professor Eyun-Jung Ki, Ph.D.
  • Professor Hyoungkoo Khang, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor J. Suzanne Horsley, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Jameson Hayes, Ph.D.
  • Professor Kenon Brown, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Laura Lemon, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Nancy Brinson, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Seoyeon Kim, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Terry Kinney, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Adam Brooks, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Benjamin Pyle, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Cynthia Peacock, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Caroline Parsons, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Darrin Griffin, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Heather Hayes, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Jaclyn Shetterly, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Jeonghyun Oh, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Jessy Ohl, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Joshua Pederson, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Kaylin Duncan, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Leah LeFebvre, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Meredith Bagley, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Nikita Harris, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Noor Ghazal Aswad, Ph.D.
  • Professor Robin Boylorn, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Mary Meares, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Dr. Elliot Panek, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor A.J. Bauer, Ph.D.
  • Professor Andrew Billings, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Brandon Colvin, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Chandra Clark, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Dianne Bragg, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Shaheen Kanthawala, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor George Daniels, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Maddox, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Kaitlin Miller, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Landon Palmer, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Chris Roberts, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Barnidge, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Michael Bruce, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Michael Parrott, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Britt, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Sean Sadri, Ph.D.
  • Professor William Evans, Ph.D.
  • Professor Wilson Lowrey, Ph.D.
  • Professor Anna Embree, Ph.D.
  • Professor Bharat Mehra, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Brian Butler, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Dimitrios Latsis, Ph.D.
  • Professor Laurie Bonnici, Ph.D.
  • Professor Miriam Sweeney, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Steven MacCall, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor Steven Yates, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Hengyi Fu, Ph.D.
  • Professor Jamie Naidoo, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor John Burgess, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Robert Riter, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Sarah Bryant, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor Yuan LI, Ph.D.