NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University at Buffalo-SUNY, Department of Communication

Ph.D. students in the Department of Communication at the University at Buffalo learn cutting-edge social scientific methods from leading scholars in the field. The program emphasizes the scholarly, scientific study of the communication process, with coursework focusing on communication theory and research methodologies. The program prepares students to assume research-oriented positions in academia, business and government.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 67


Areas of Study

  • Collective Cognitive Processes
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Communication Technologies
  • Health Campaign Communication
  • International/Intercultural Communication Issues
  • Mathematical Modeling of Cognitive & Sociocultural Processes


QS World University RankingsCommunication & Media Studies 

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities 

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #83 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from every institution you have previously attended (official transcripts will be required after acceptance).
  • A personal statement that explains your background, educational and career aims, and reasons for applying to this department.
  • Two writing samples (term papers, published articles, or convention papers).
  • CV/resume.
  • Official GRE score report (less than 5 years old).

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Ivan Dylko, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Professor Thomas Hugh Feeley, Ph.D., University at Buffalo
  • Professor Mark Frank, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Associate Professor Melanie Green, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Grizzard, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Professor Junhao Hong, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Lance Rintamaki, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Allison Shaw, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Michael A. Stefanone, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Associate Professor Frank Tutzauer, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Associate Professor Arun Vishwanath, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo
  • Associate Professor Hua (Helen) Wang, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Joseph Woelfel, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Janet Yang, Ph.D., Cornell University