NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of South Florida, Department of Communication

Graduate study at the University of South Florida Department of Communication emphasizes critical and qualitative research, a focus that is unusual among graduate programs in the field of Communication. The program offers a broad and integrated approach to Communication Studies that embraces the traditions of the humanities, the convergence of rhetorical and communication theory, and the relations among aesthetic, humanistic, and scientific approaches to inquiry.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-16: 45


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • None Identified


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #53 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #22 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #27 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 9 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Official GRE Scores
  • TOEFL Scores (for non-native speakers of English)
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Mariaelena Bartesaghi, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Ambar Basu, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Professor Elizabeth Bell, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Keith Berry, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Professor Arthur Bochner, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • Professor Patrice M. Buzzanell, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Marleah Dean Kruzel, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Associate Professor Rachel Dubrofsky, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Aisha Durham, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Eric Eisenberg, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Professor Carolyn Ellis, Ph.D., SUNY, Stony Brook
  • Associate Professor Navita James, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Associate Professor Jane Jorgenson, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Chris McRae, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Associate Professor Mahuya Pal, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Associate Professor A. David Payne, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Professor Loyd Pettegrew, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Associate Professor Lori Roscoe, Ph.D., University of South Florida 
  • Assistant Professor Josh Scacco, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Fred Steier, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Steve Wilson, Ph.D., Purdue University

NCA Awards to Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Woolbert Research Award, 2014
  • Becker Award, 2016
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