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 four specific research areas. 

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 122


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mass Media
  • Organizational Communication
  • Political Communication


Neuendorf, et al., 2007

  • #16 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #13 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #40 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #33 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 10 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements

  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, taken within the past five years.
  • 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).

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 Haley Horstman, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Associate Professor Brian Houston, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Professor Mitchell S. McKinney, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Meisenbach, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Julius M. Riles, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Ben Warner, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Research Specialties : 
Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Political Communication