NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

West Virginia University, Department of Communication Studies

At the graduate level, the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University offers the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies. The graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Studies is well-known, at the regional, national, and international level, for accomplishments in research, teaching, and service. The Ph.D. program in Communication Studies is intended to qualify the student to teach and conduct research in instructional communication, interpersonal communication, or organizational communication at the University level, along with other research emphases.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 28


Areas of Study

  • Communication & Technology
  • Family Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Instructional Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Intergroup Communication
  • Organizational Communication


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #270 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Sample of Scholarly Work

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Cohen, Ph.D., Georgia State University
  • Associate Professor Megan R. Dillow, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Alan K. Goodboy, Ph.D., West Virginia University
  • Assistant Professor Katie Kang, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Teaching Assistant Professor, Carrie D. Kennedy Lightsey
  • Assistant Professor Katie Kang, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Professor Matthew M. Martin, Ph.D., Kent State University
  • Professor Lindsay Neuberger, Ph. D., Michigan State University
  • Professor Scott A. Myers, Ph.D., Kent State University
  • Associate Professor Brian R. Patterson, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Professor Christine E. Rittenour, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Assistant Professor Daniel Totzkay, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Megan Vendemia, Ph.D., Ohio State University