NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Washington State University, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

The doctoral program in Communication at Washington State University provides world class curriculum, faculty, and facilities to prepare students as scholars and educators. In the doctoral program, students work with diverse faculty who study health communication, intercultural and international communication, media processes and effects, media and society, and organizational communication.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 24


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Media & Health Promotion
  • Communication, Technology, & Social Influence


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

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

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #21 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 27 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies

  • #101-150 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (for international students)
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Erica Weintraub Austin, Ph.D. Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor Rachel Bailey, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Assistant Professor Amanda Boyd, Ph.D., University of Calgary
  • Assistant Professor Porismita Borah, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Graham Dixon, Ph.D., Cornell University 
  • Assistant Professor Jay Hmielowski, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Associate Professor Stacey Hust, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Profesor Myiah Hutchens, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Professor E. Lincoln James, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Yoon-Joo Lee, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • Assistant Professor Yujung Nam, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Lawrence Pintak, Ph.D., University of Wales
  • Professor Alex Tan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Willoughby, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Wenjie Yan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Health Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Persuasion-Social Influence