NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Michigan, Department of Communication Studies

The mission of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan is to study and teach about the mass media and emerging media: their evolution, their effects, their uses by everyday people, and their regulation and industry practices. They are dedicated to cultivating a thorough-going media literacy among our students, and to producing cutting-edge scholarship about the media’s impact on individuals and society. They have a highly sought-after and rigorous undergraduate concentration, world-renowned faculty, a prestigious interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and a large cohort of dedicated and successful alumni.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 50


Areas of Study

  • Mass Media Effects
  • Media, Culture, & Society
  • Media Psychology 
  • Media Studies
  • Political Communication


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies

  • #23 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #12 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores
  • English Proficiency Scores for International Applicants

Graduate Faculty 

  • Assistant Professor Megan Sapnar Ankerson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor André Brock, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Scott Campbell, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Professor Robin Means Coleman, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • Associate Professor Sonya Dal Cin, Ph.D., University of Waterloo
  • Professor Susan Douglas, Ph.D., Brown University
  • Professor Kristen Harrison, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  • Associate Professor Sol Hart, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Professor L. Rowell Huesmann, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • Assistant Professor Muzammil M. Hussain, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Assistant Professor Shazia Iftkhar, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Nojin Kwak, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Amanda Lotz, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Josh Pasek, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Associate Professor Aswin Punathambekar, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Muniba Saleem, Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • Professor Christian Sandvig, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Professor Katherine Sender, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
  • Professor Stuart Soroka, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
  • Associate Professor Derek W. Vaillant, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Professor Jan Van den Bulck, Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Assistant Professor Brian Weeks, Ph.D., Ohio State University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2005, 2006