NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Communication Studies

Students pursue graduate degrees in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in order to enhance their educations and careers. The department offers the M.A./M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication with an emphasis in Communication Studies. The graduate program features a supportive environment led by an experienced and accomplished faculty and doctoral graduates of the program teach and conduct research at colleges and universities across the country.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 56


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Communication Studies


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #72 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #81 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #39 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 7 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements

  • GRE Scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A goals statement
  • A writing sample

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Kathryn E. Anthony, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • Professor Wendy Atkins-Sayre, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Assistant Professor Marcus Coleman, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Associate Professor Casey Maugh Funderburk, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Lawrence A. Hosman, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor Eura Jung, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor John C. Meyer, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Assistant Professor Laura Stengrim, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor L. Paul Strait, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Steven Venette, Ph.D., North Dakota State University
Research Specialties : 
General Communication Studies