NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Florida, College of Journalism & Communications

The University of Florida is dedicated to excellence in its Ph.D. program in mass communication. The program offers a course of study in an ideal setting for a quality educational experience. The College of Journalism and Communications is proud of its award-winning student body and faculty, and boasts a variety of backgrounds made possible by one of the largest enrollments in the country. Some 200 students engage in graduate and advanced studies, joining 2,300 undergraduates. More than 53 faculty members teach, conduct research, and provide service. The University of Florida encourages applications from individuals of both sexes of all cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. The University does not discriminate on the basis of handicap or age. 

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 124


Concentrations/Research Emphases     

  • Mass Communication   


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs 

  • #39 of 83 programs in Research Output 
  • #12 of 83 programs in Diversity

Admission Requirements

  • Professional and respectful treatment of our admissions and other staff members, faculty and administrators is required. Unprofessional or disrespectful treatment will result in denial of admission. 
  • GRE (before 8/11, 550 Verbal/550 Quantitative; after 8/11, 156 verbal/146 Quantitative) 
  • TOEFL  (550 Paper-based; 80 Internet-based) 
  • IELTS minimum of 7.5  
  • International applicants must also take the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT and score a 26 or higher. The requirement applies only to applicants from countries in which English is not the official language and includes U.S. territories and protectorates where English is not the primary language. 

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor James Babanikos, Ph.D., University of Texas 
  • Professor Clay Calvert, Ph.D., Stanford University 
  • Professor Sandra F. Chance, J.D., University of Florida 
  • Professor Sylvia M. Chan-Olmstead, Ph.D., Michigan State University 
  • Assistant Professor Huan Chen, Ph.D., University of Tennessee 
  • Associate Professor Amy Jo Coffey, Ph.D., University of Georgia 
  • Professor Marcia DiStaso, Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Professor Mary Ann T. Ferguson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  • Assistant Professor Carla L. Fisher, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor John Freeman, M.A., Wichita State University 
  • Associate Professor J. Robyn Goodman, Ph.D., University of Texas 
  • Professor Linda Childers Hon, Ph.D., University of Maryland 
  • Professor Sriram Kalyanaraman, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor John Kaplan, M.A., Ohio University
  • Professor Tom Kelleher, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Professor Kathleen S. Kelly, Ph.D., University of Maryland 
  • Assistant Professor Eunice Kim, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Spiro K. Kiousis, Ph.D., University of Texas 
  • Professor Janice Krieger, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Moon J. Lee, Ph.D., University of Florida 
  • Assistant Professor Yu-Hao Lee, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Michael Leslie, Ph.D., University of Washington 
  • Associate Professor Norman P. Lewis, Ph.D., University of Maryland 
  • Professor Mindy McAdams, M.A., New School for Social Research 
  • Assistant Professor Jasmine McNealy, Ph.D., University of Florida 
  • Associate Professor Rita Linjuan Men, Ph.D., University of Miami 
  • Professor Jon D. Morris, Ph.D., University of Florida 
  • Associate Professor Cynthia R. Morton Padovano, Ph.D. University of Texas 
  • Professor David H. Ostroff, Ph.D., Ohio University 
  • Professor Churchill Roberts, Ph.D., University of Iowa 
  • Associate Professor Ronald R. Rodgers, Ph.D., Ohio University 
  • Associate Professor Tim Sorel, M.B.A., Saint Leo University
  • Professor Ted Spiker, M.S., Columbia University 
  • Professor Debbie M. Treise, Ph.D., University of Tennessee 
  • Associate Professor Bernell Tripp, Ph.D., University of Alabama 
  • Assistant Professor Frank Waddell, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Kim Walsh-Childers, Ph.D., University of North Carolina 
  • Professor Wayne Wanta, Ph.D., University of Texas 
  • Professor Michael F. Weigold, Ph.D., University of Florida 
  • Professor John W. Wright, II, Ph.D., Ohio State University 
Research Specialties : 
Mass Communication-Media Studies