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 2010-17: 32

 

Areas of Study

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

Rankings

QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #84 of 300 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
  • 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
  • Assistant 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
  • Associate Professor John Poulakos, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Professor Ronald J. 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