NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of California-San Diego, Department of Communication

The Ph.D. Program in Communication at UCSD is known worldwide as a center of innovative scholarship. Among the distinctive characteristics of the program are: 1) Broad interdisciplinary training, linking the study of communication with theoretical currents across the social sciences and humanities; 2) A blending of "critical" and "empirical" traditions in communication scholarship, and a reputation for producing firmly grounded research on issues related to power, inequality, democracy and social change; 3) Methodological diversity, with particular strength in the use of historical, ethnographic, comparative and interpretive methods; 4) An emphasis on the unity of theory and practice, and an opportunity for graduate students to combine research scholarship and media production; 5) A strong global focus; and 6) A strong commitment to diversity in the student body and in the focus of our research.

Association of American Universities Member

 

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 29

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Communication & Culture
  • Communication and the Person
  • Communication as a Social Force
  • Media Practice

Rankings

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs    

  • #12 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #5 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012  

  • #53 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

CIOS   

  • Top Ten Research Program in 2 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #43 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Transcripts from each institution attended.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • At least three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants are required to send copies of term papers, journal articles, or other examples of their intellectual work.

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Patty Ahn, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor Morana Alač, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Associate Professor Patrick Anderson, Ph.D., University of California
  • Associate Professor Boatema Boateng, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Angela Booker, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor Matilde Córdoba Azcárate, Ph.D., Universidad Completense de Madrid
  • Professor Zeinabu Davis, M.F.A., UCLA 
  • Assistant Professor Fernando Domínguez Rubio, Ph.D., University of Cambridge
  • Associate Professor Gary Fields, Ph.D., University of California
  • Associate Professor Kelly Gates, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Brian Goldfarb, Ph.D., University of Rochester
  • Professor Daniel C. Hallin, Ph.D., University of California
  • Professor Valerie Hartouni, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Professor Robert Horwitz, Ph.D., Brandeis University
  • Assistant Professor Lilly Irani, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • Assistant Professor Shawna Kidman, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Carol Padden, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Associate Professor David Serlin, Ph.D., New York University
  • Assistant Professor Christo Sims, Ph.D., University of California
  • Professor Stefan Tanaka, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Associate Professor Olga Vásquez, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Associate Professor Elana Zilberg, Ph.D., University of Texas

NCA Awards to Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Diamond Anniversary Book Award, 2005
Research Specialties : 
Intercultural-International Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies