NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Florida, College of Journalism & Communications

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, part of a top 10 U.S. public university, is recognized by its peers as one of the premier programs in the country and is driving innovation and engagement across communication disciplines. The college’s strength is drawn from both academic rigor and experiential learning. The Ph.D. program is one of the largest in the country, taught by world-renowned faculty.  More than 300 students engage in graduate and advanced studies, including more than 70 doctoral students, joining more than 2,500 undergraduates. The College includes 68 full-time faculty members, of which 15 are new positions as of fall 2018, who teach, conduct research, and provide service.  The College includes seven broadcast and digital media properties, the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and the nation’s only STEM Translational Communication Center and Center for Public Interest Communications. The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 146


Areas of Study     

  • Advertising
  • International and Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Economics and Policy
  • Media Effects and Media Psychology
  • Media Law
  • New Technology and Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Health and Science Communication


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies 

  • #51-100 of 200 World Universities 

URAP University RankingsLanguage, Communication, & Culture

  • #92 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • GRE: 550/156, Verbal, 550/146 Quantitative preferred
  • TOEFL: minimum 90 on exam, 26 on speaking portion
  • IELTS: minimum of 8 on exam and 8 on speaking portion
  • 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 

  • Assistant Professor Jordan Alpert, Ph.D., George Mason University
  • Professor James Babanikos, Ph.D., University of Texas 
  • Associate Professor Carma Bylund, Ph.D., Northwestern Universtiy
  • Professor Clay Calvert, Ph.D., Stanford University 
  • Professor Sylvia M. Chan-Olmstead, Ph.D., Michigan State University 
  • Assistant Professor Huan Chen, Ph.D., University of Tennessee 
  • Assistant Professor Roxane Coche, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • 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 Juliana Fernandes, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Associate 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 
  • Assistant Professor Rachel Grant, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Assistant Professor Jay Hmielowski, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • Professor Linda Childers Hon, Ph.D., University of Maryland 
  • Assistant Professor Myiah Hutchens, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • Assistant Professor Benjamin Johnson, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • Professor Sriram Kalyanaraman, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor John Kaplan, M.A., Ohio University
  • Professor Tom Kelleher, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • 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 Frank LoMonte, J.D., University of Georgia
  • 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 
  • Assistant Professor Jieun Shin, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor Tim Sorel, M.B.A., Saint Leo University
  • Professor Ted Spiker, M.S., Columbia University 
  • Research Assistant Professor Yulia Strekalova, Ph.D, University of Florida
  • 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 
  • Assistant Professor Kasey Windels, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Kun Xu, Ph.D., Temple University