NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Missouri, Department of Communication

The Department of Communication at the University of Missouri offers the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts, and the graduate Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Communication. Through our curriculum students learn to apply the study of communication to their professional and personal lives. The faculty have national and international reputations for research and teaching in six interrelated research areas. 

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 160


Areas of Study

  • Interpersonal and Family Communication
  • Mediated Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Political Communication
  • Identity, Diversity, and Communication
  • Health and Crisis Communication


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies 

  • #43 of 200 World Universities (tied for #43)

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #71 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements

  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita.
  • Three letters of recommendation, which should come from qualified people.
  • A sample of scholarly writing.
  • A statement of purpose (no more than 500 words).
  • The Department of Communication will not require the GRE as part of the admission materials. Applicants may submit GRE scores for consideration if they feel that their scores are an accurate representation of their potential to succeed in graduate school. However, applicants will be given full consideration without submitting their standardized test scores and will not be penalized for not submitting scores.

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Associate Professor Colleen Colaner, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Professor Debbie S. Dougherty, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Assistant Professor Andrea Figueroa-Caballero, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • Assistant Professor Haley Horstman, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Associate Professor Brian Houston, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Assistant Teaching Professor Christopher Josey, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Teaching Professor Cassandra Kearney, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Assistant Teaching Professor Stephen Klien, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Mitchell S. McKinney, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Meisenbach, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Yerina Ranjit, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • Assistant Professor Julius M. Riles, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Benjamin Warner, Ph.D., University of Kansas