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: Highest Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 67


Concentrations/Research Emphases  

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mediated Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Social Interaction


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs    

  • #13 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #31 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012  

  • #25 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 13 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores (Verbal and Quantitative combined scores normally exceed 1100 on the prior score scale, or 300 on the new scale; a strong writing score is valued also).
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic records (applicants should have records equivalent to at least the 3.0 or B level).
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who know the applicant in academic (or professional) contexts.
  • Personal statement portion of the application 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 (applicants ideally should have a score above 600 paper-based or 80 Internet-based).

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
  • Associate 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
  • Associate 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 Bernadette Gailliard, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor David Greenburg, Ph.D., Columbia University 
  • Professor Kathryn Greene, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • 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
  • Professor Claire McInerney, Ph.D., SUNY Albany
  • Assistant Professor Lisa Mikesell, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Professor Hartmut B. Mokros, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • 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 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 
  • Associate 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 Jennifer R. Warren, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Matthew Weber, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • 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
Research Specialties : 
Health Communication, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Persuasion-Social Influence