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, qualitative, and quantitative research, a comprehensive focus that is unusual among graduate programs in the field of Communication. The department embraces innovative humanistic and social scientific approaches to inquiry and engagement in health, media, organizational and relational communication, with emphases on culture, performance, and social justice.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 65


Areas of Study

  • Interpersonal-Small Group Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Peformance Studies
  • Health Communication
  • Critical Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies


QS World University RankingsCommunication & Media Studies 

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #102 of 300 World Universities


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
  • 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
  • Assistant Professor Sonia Ivancic, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Associate Professor Navita James, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Professor Jane Jorgenson, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Diana Leon-Boys, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • 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
  • Professor Lori Roscoe, Ph.D., University of South Florida 
  • Associate 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

  • Charles H. Woolbert Research Award, 2014
  • Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award, 2016, 2021
  • Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award, 2021
  • Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication, 2021
  • Marsha Houston Award, 2021