Graduate Programs in the School of Communication Studies

The School of Communication Studies offers two distinct graduate programs: Master of Arts in Organizational Communication and the Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

The Master’s program is designed to make high-quality graduate education more accessible by providing program offerings designed for the working professional. This online program features flexible schedules and technology enhanced delivery to support excellence in communication consulting and organizational improvement.

The Ph.D program is designed for students who want to become excellent teachers, researchers, and consultants in the field of Communication. The Ph.D. in Communication Studies is ranked by the National Research Council as high as third in the nation for quality of research and teaching. The Ph.D. also ranked fourth in the nation for the quality of the graduate student experience.

In the most recent ranking of doctoral programs by the National Communication Association, the Health Communication track and the Interpersonal and Organizational Communication track were each ranked in the top 10, and the Rhetoric and Culture track in the top 20.

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Miller, J. L., Sandburg, S., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Diamonds in the rough: Claims, evidence, and reasoning in Facebook comments. 
American Behavioral Scientist.
Lippert, A., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Click for Dixie: Virtual plantation tours’ use of White nostalgia and directed narrative experience. Chapter proposal accepted for the edited collection, Subjectivities of Interactive Nostalgia

2017 Excellence in Service Award recipient, The National Society of Leadership and Success: Ohio University Chapter. Nominated by former students. Carson Kay was the only graduate student and the only humanities scholar awarded by the society.


Kay, C. S. (2018, January 29). Graduate school and you: Insight from a Viking alum. Invited Skype presenter to discuss the graduate school experience with Dr. Sam Nazione’s senior seminar communication course at Berry College.
Kay, C. S. (2017, November 16-19). The young judge’s dilemma: Examining the tension between established team friendship and objectivity in judging ‘cousin’ teams.” Paper presented at the 2017 National Communication Association Annual Convention, Austin, Texas.
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