NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Oklahoma, Department of Communication

Communication courses explore the process of human interaction in interpersonal, intercultural and political contexts. Graduates from the University of Oklahoma Department of Communication find challenging careers in higher education, management, public relations, consulting and government. The Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma's Ph.D. program offers diverse areas of study specifically tailored to fit individual goals and professional objectives. 


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 75


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Communication Technology/CMC
  • Intercultural/International Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication/Social Influence
  • Political/Mass Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Organizational Communication


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #18 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #51 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #31 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 15 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements

  • Not Indicated

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor John Banas, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Elena Bessarabova, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Professor Ryan Bisel, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Associate Professor Ioana Cionea, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Associate Professor Jill Edy, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Professor Elaine Hsieh, Ph.D., University of Illinois 
  • Professor Amy Janan Johnson, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Professor Young Yun Kim, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Professor Eric Kramer, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Professor Michael Kramer, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Sun Kyong (Sunny) Lee, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Assistant Professor Lindsey Meeks, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Associate Professor Patrick Meirick, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Claude Miller, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Associate Professor James O. Olufowote, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Justin Reedy, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Associate Professor Norman Wong, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Health Communication, Intercultural-International Communication, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Political Communication