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: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 38


Areas of Study

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


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #77 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements

  • Application Forms
  • Recommendation Forms
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • Unofficial Transcripts. Official transcripts should not be submitted until invited to do so within offer of admission.
  • TOEFL Scores (for international applicants)

Graduate Faculty

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

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award, 2021
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2012
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2010
  • Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2001