NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Miami, School of Communication

The University of Miami School of Communication is well-established, founded in the fundamental values of freedom of speech, press and belief, and is constantly moving forward with a visionary purpose. The School is student centered, dedicated to a “hands-on/early-on” learning experience within a globally diverse context. The Doctor of Philosophy in Communication at the University of Miami is a highly individualized program. Students must complete 57 credits beyond the master's degree.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 37


Areas of Study

  • Social Media
  • Social Impact


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #176 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in communication, or in another appropriate field, is required of all applicants. The degree must be in addition to a bachelor’s degree. All degrees must be from accredited institutions.
  • An official application
  • An $85.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL scores for international students
  • Letter of intent – a minimum 500 word typed statement of academic and professional goals
  • An excerpt of the completed master's thesis or comparable scholarly work if no master's thesis has been completed

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Regina Ahn, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Professor Michael Beatty, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Assistant Professor Nicholas Carcioppolo, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Associate Professor Victoria Dunleavy, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Terri Francis, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Professor Tyler Harrison, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Professor Sallie Hughes, Ph.D., Tulane University
  • Assistant Professor Soyoon Kim, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Alyse Lancaster, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Professor Christina Lane, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Assistant Professor Yeunjae Lee, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Queenie Li, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Barbara Millet, Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Associate Professor Diane Millette, Ed.D., West Virginia University
  • Professor Susan E. Morgan, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Professor Jyotika Ramaprasad, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Associate Professor Michelle Seelig, Ph.D., Florida State University
  • Assistant Professor Weiting Tao, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Associate Professor Wanhsiu Sunny Tsai, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Professor Karin Wilkins, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Kallia Wright, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Assistant Professor Yanfang Wu, Ph.D., University of Missouri