NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Boston University, College of Communication

The objectives of the Ph.D. program in Emerging Media Studies at Boston University are to give students a comprehensive understanding of the role of emerging media in society and organizations, and hone their research skills so that they can undertake independent and innovative research on emerging media. Students gain an understanding of the philosophical and intellectual underpinnings of emerging media as well as their practical role in society and organizations. Graduates are able to critically evaluate issues related to the social role of emerging media.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"



Areas of Study

  • Emerging Media Studies
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Mobile Communication
  • Political Communication
  • International Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Journalism Studies
  • Game Studies
  • Neuroscience and Psychophysiology
  • Virtual Reality


QS World University RankingsCommunication & Media Studies 

  • #51-100 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #61 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Application Fee.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended that count toward any degree.
  • Three letters of recomendation.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Writing Sample.
  • Resume/CV.
  • GRE Scores.
  • Applicants who received their undergraduate degree from a non-English speaking institution must also take the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • International students must submit a three minute video stating their name and intended degree program.

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor James Cummings, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor Lei Guo, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor James E. Katz, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Assistant Professor Kelsey Prena, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Assistant Professor Chris Wells, Ph.D., University of Washington