NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Wayne State University, Department of Communication

The Department of Communication at Wayne State University offers a degree program leading to the Ph.D. in Communication. Designed to establish and maintain a high standard of scholarly and academic excellence, the program is custom tailored to each student in order to meet specific academic and professional goals. Committed to research and scholarship, the program encompasses a full range of quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, and critical approaches. Graduates of the program serve as scholars and educators, while others occupy positions as communication and creative professionals.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 59


Areas of Study

  • Democratic Participation & Culture
  • Identity & Representation
  • Media, Society, & Culture
  • Risk, Crisis, & Conflict
  • Wellness, Worklife, & Relationships


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #226 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • GRE Scores
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Letters of Recommendation

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Stine Eckert, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Assistant Professor Michael Fuhlhage, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Rosie Jahng, Ph.D., University of Missouri 
  • Professor Loraleigh Keashly, Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan 
  • Professor Katheryn Maguire, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Patricia McCormick, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Rahul Mitra, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor Anita Mixon, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Julie Novak, Ph.D., North Dakota State University
  • Associate Professor Donyale Padgett, Ph.D., Howard University
  • Professor Matthew Seeger, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Associate Professor Pradeep Sopory, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Stoycheff, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Associate Professor Stephanie Tong, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Fred Vultee, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Associate Professor Kelly Young, Ph.D., Wayne State University

NCA Awards to Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship, 2017