NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University at Albany-SUNY, Department of Communication

The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication at the University at Albany-SUNY is designed to prepare qualified students for college and university teaching and for careers in communication research. The program emphasizes communication theory, research methods, and the application of knowledge in the field to identify, analyze and propose solutions for communication problems. The program requires at least three academic years of full-time course work, beyond the baccalaureate, in addition to the dissertation.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 8


Areas of Study

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Political Communication


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #256 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements 

  • Transcript(s) of academic work.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Your personal statement.
  • A writing sample.

Graduate Faculty 

  • Associate Professor Rukhsana Ahmed, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Assistant Professor Patricia Gettings, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Associate Professor Annis Golden, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Professor Teresa Harrison, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • Assistant Professor Archana Krishnan, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • Associate Professor Alyssa Morey, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Professor Tim Stephen, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • Assistant Professor Piotr Szpunar, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Masahiro Yamamoto, Ph.D., Washington State University
  • Assistant Professor Fan Yang, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Alan Zemel, Ph.D., Temple University