NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Minnesota, Department of Communication Studies

The University of Minnesota's Department of Communication Studies continues a rich heritage of teaching and research that began in 1914 under the leadership of Frank M. Rarig and H. B. Gislason. Today, with 12 faculty members, about 50 graduate students, and over 600 undergraduate majors, the department pursues a wide range of interests including: the criticism of public discourse, interpersonal communication, language and gender, small group communication, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, mass media studies, feminist and African-American rhetoric, communication theory, and rhetorical theory.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 87


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
  • Rhetorical Studies
  • Critical Media Studies


Neuendorf, et al., 2007

  • #14 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #47 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #68 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #12 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 13 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies

  • #51-100 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts of Prior Education
  • GRE Scores
  • English Language Proficiency for Non-Native Speakers

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Karlyn Kohrs Campbell, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Ronald Walter Greene, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Dean E. Hewes, Ph.D., Florida State University
  • Associate Professor Susanne M. Jones, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Assistant Professor Zornitsa Keremidchieva, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Ascan F. Koerner, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Kate Lockwood Harris, Ph.D., University of Colorado
  • Professor Laurie Ouellette, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
  • Professor Mark Pedelty, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Associate Professor Gilbert B. Rodman, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Catherine Squires, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Associate Professor Mary Douglas Vavrus, Ph.D., University of Illinois

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, 2010
  • Diamond Anniversary Book Award, 2003, 2009
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2002, 2008
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2005
  • Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award, 2015
  • Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2009
  • Woolbert Research Award, 2013, 2016
Research Specialties : 
Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Rhetorical Studies