NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Texas, Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas seeks to understand communication and to improve its practice in a variety of relationships. The department maintains graduate programs that are ranked in the top five nationally and maintain high standards for both graduate and undergraduate teaching.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 241


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication & Technology
  • Rhetoric & Language


Neuendorf, et al., 2007

  • #2 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #17 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #15 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #10 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 36 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies (2016)

  •  #5 of 200 World Universities 

URAP University Rankings--Language, Communication, & Culture

  • #9 of 250 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s) (four year universities only)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Brief essay of research questions
  • CV or resume
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Dawna Ballard, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Assistant Professor Joshua B. Barbour, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Jay M. Bernhardt, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Professor Barry Brummett, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Michael Butterworth, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Professor Richard Cherwitz, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor René Dailey, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • Professor John Daly, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Associate Professor Erin Donovan, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Joshua Gunn, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Roderick Hart, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Sharon Jarvis, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Madeline Maxwell, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Professor Matthew McGlone, Ph.D., Princeton University
  • Associate Professor Keri Stephens, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Jürgen Streeck, Ph.D., Free University of Berlin
  • Associate Professor Natalie Jomini Stroud, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Scott Stroud, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Associate Professor Natalie Jomini Stroud, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Jeffrey Treem, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Professor Anita Vangelisti, Ph.D., University of Texas

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Diamond Anniversary Book Award, 2012
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2016
  • Knapp Award for Interpersonal Communication, 2016
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Organizational Communication, Rhetorical Studies