NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

Communication at Rutgers University reflects faculty research and scholarship focusing on four interrelated core areas: Social Interaction; Organizational Communication; Mediated Communication; and Health Communication. Students in this area examine the nature and effects of communication on the individual, social groups, and society. The department houses two centers that provide various opportunities for doctoral students: Center for Communication and Health Issues, and the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership. 

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 87


Areas of Study  

  • Communication
  • Library and Information Science
  • Media Studies


QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #101-150 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #58 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements 

  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores (verbal and quantitative combined scores normally exceed 300; a strong writing score is valued also).
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic records (records equivalent to at least the 3.0 or B level).
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons with a relationship to the student in academic (or professional) contexts.
  • A personal statement from a student relating experience and research interests to the Ph.D. Program.
  • Score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native English-speaking applicants (scores should ideally be above 600 paper-based or 80 Internet-based).
  • Students applying for admission to the Ph.D. Program typically have completed a master's degree in communication or another related academic or professional field. Highly qualified students from strong programs or research backgrounds without a master's degree may also apply in special circumstances, but should contact Ph.D. Program Director, Jennifer Theiss before doing so.


Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Mark Aakhus, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Associate Professor Melissa Aronczyk, Ph.D., New York University
  • Professor Nicholas Belkin, Ph.D., University of London
  • Professor Galina Bolden, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Associate Professor Jack Bratich, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Kaitlin L. Costello, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Professor Marija Dalbello, Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Professor Marya L. Doerfel, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo
  • Associate Professor Lauren Feldman, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Sophia Fu, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Professor David Greenburg, Ph.D., Columbia University 
  • Professor Kathryn Greene, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • University Professor Alexa Hepburn, Ph.D., Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University Professor Amy Jordan, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Vikki S. Katz, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor Susan Keith, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Sunyoung Kim, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • Assistant Professor Chenjerai Kumanyika, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Deepa Kumar, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Assistant Professor Jeffrey Lane, Ph.D., Princeton University
  • Professor Dafna Lemish, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Professor Michael Lesk, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Professor Laurie Lewis, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor Jenny Mandelbaum, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Regina Marchi, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Associate Professor Matthew Matsaganis, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor Lisa Mikesell, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Assistant Professor Katherine (Katya) Ognyanova, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor John V. Pavlik, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor Caitlin Petre, Ph.D., New York University
  • Professor Jonathan Potter, Ph.D., University of York
  • Professor Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Reynolds, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Professor Brent Ruben, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Professor Craig R. Scott, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Assistant Professor Charles Senteio, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Associate Professor Chirag Shah, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Vivek K. Singh, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • Professor Lea P. Stewart, Ph.D., Purdue University 
  • Professor Jennifer Theiss, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Ross J. Todd, Ph.D., University of Technology
  • Associate Professor Nina Wacholder, Ph.D., CUNY
  • Assistant Professor Kadijah White, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Todd Wolfson, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Itzhak Yanovitzky, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2014, 2017