NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Oklahoma, Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication

Doctoral candidates at the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication will find a faculty with a wide range of interests encompassing a variety of approaches and perspectives related to the program’s three concentrations:  News and Information, Strategic Communication and Media Arts. The program builds on a record of excellence in preparing master’s students for doctoral study, as evidenced by top-paper awards and paper presentations at national and international academic conferences in recent years.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 57


Areas of Study

  • News and Information 
  • Strategic Communication (Advertising and Public Relations) 
  • Media Arts 


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies 

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #172 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must complete the appropriate general OU Graduate Application. 
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in a mass communication field is preferred. 
  • Excellent candidates who do not meet all of the requirements will be given careful consideration. 
  • Retention and graduation standards will be in accordance with OU Graduate College policies. 

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Jennifer Barnes, Ph.D., Yale University 
  • Professor Fred Beard, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma 
  • Associate Professor Ralph Beliveau, Ph.D., University of Iowa 
  • Associate Professor Kyle Bergersen, M.A., University of Iowa
  • Professor Meta G. Carstarphen, Ph.D., Texas Woman's University 
  • Professor Deborah Chester, M.A., University of Oklahoma 
  • Professor David Craig, Ph.D., University of Missouri 
  • Assistant Professor Adam Croom, M.A., Pepperdine University
  • Assistant Professor Mary Anna Evans, M.F.A., Rutgers University
  • Professor Peter Gade, Ph.D., University of Missouri 
  • Professor Scott Hogdson, M.S., Southern Illinois University 
  • Professor Kathleen Johnson, M.S., Full Sail University
  • Professor Robert Kerr, Ph.D., University of North Carolina 
  • Professor Jeong-Nam Kim, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Professor Glenn Leshner, Ph.D. Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor Jensen Moore, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Professor John Schmeltzer, M.A., Northern Illinois University 
  • Associate Professor Elanie Steyn, Ph.D., North-West University, RSA 
  • Assistant Professor Soon Hi Sung, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
  • Associate Professor Katerina Tsetsura, Ph.D. Purdue University 
  • Associate Professor Doyle Yoon, Ph.D., University of Missouri    
  • Assistant Professor Angela Zhang, Ph.D., University of Florida