NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Arizona, Department of Communication

The Department of Communication at the University of Arizona offers studies leading to B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. It has approximately 30 graduate students and 1000 undergraduate majors. The department's strong commitment to quality teaching and research has earned its faculty and graduate students numerous teaching awards and a ranking as one of the top doctoral programs in the nation.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 36


Areas of Study

  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intergroup Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication
  • Political Communication
  • Social Influence
  • Small Group Communication


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies

  • #101-150 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #32 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • GPA 3.5.
  • TOEFL iBT 95, CBT 250, PB 600.
  • Writing sample (thesis chapters or prospectus preferred).
  • For GRE General Test taken before August 2011: score of 550 on Verbal, 550 on Quantitative, and 4.5 on Analytical Writing subtests. For GRE revised General Test taken August 2011 and after: score of 156 on Verbal, 146 on Quantitative, and 4.5 on Analytical Writing subtests.
  • 3 letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic and intellectual qualifications.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Official transcript of credits earned from ALL colleges and universities attended.

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Leila Bighash, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Joseph Bonito, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Kory Floyd, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Professor Jake Harwood, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Associate Professor Kate Kenski, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 
  • Assistant Professor Dam Hee Kim, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Lapierre, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Rain Wuyu Liu, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Maggie Pitts, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Stephen Rains, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Chris Segrin, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Patricia Sias, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Associate Professor Kyle Tusing, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Bo Yang, Ph.D., University of Maryland

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Diamond Anniversary Book Award, 2012
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2001, 2015