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 2010-17: 122

 

Areas of Study

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

Rankings

QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies 

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

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #141 of 300 World Universities

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 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 Julius M. Riles, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Benjamin Warner, Ph.D., University of Kansas