NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication

The graduate program in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh is consistently identified as one of the top ten programs in the country. Its faculty and graduates have provided leadership to the field and have shaped the study of communication in significant ways. The program aims to train rigorous researchers, insightful theorists, and excellent teachers for placement in tenure-stream positions at either major research universities or quality four-year colleges.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 24


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • History, Theory, & Criticism of Rhetoric
  • Media & Culture
  • Public Address & Argument
  • Rhetoric of Science


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #45 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #75 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #48 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 12 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies

  • #101-150 of 200 World Universities


Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • GRE Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Caitlin Bruce, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor E. Johanna Hartelius, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Paul Elliott Johnson, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Assistant Professor Olga Kuchinskaya, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Professor John Lyne, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Brenton Malin, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Assistant Professor David L. Marshall, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • Assistant Professor Calum Matheson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Associate Professor Gordon Mitchell, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Professor Lester Olson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor John Poulakos, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Professor Ronald Zboray, Ph.D., New York University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2012
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2010
  • Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2001
Research Specialties : 
Mass Communication-Media Studies, Rhetorical Studies