Department of Communication Arts & Sciences among Top Departments in NRC Assessment

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The Department of Communication Arts & Sciences Attains Top 4 Ranking in NRC Assessment of Doctoral Program

Penn State's Department of Communication Arts & Sciences was highly ranked by the National Research Council (NRC) in its nation-wide review of Ph.D. granting programs. Out of 83 PhD programs - with emphases spanning speech communication, communication science, telecommunications, and mass communication - Communication Arts & Sciences ranked 4th on an index of reputational excellence, and 2nd among communication PhD programs that offer training in both social science and rhetoric. Using an index that applied survey-based weights to 20 program characteristics, Communication Arts & Sciences ranked 10th overall. The Department also ranked 7th among comparable programs for the level of support provided to its graduate students. To view the complete rankings of Ph.D. programs in Communication, go to

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