NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Connecticut, Department of Communication

Because communication is a vital social phenomenon, the mission of the communication program at the University of Connecticut is to study and teach about communication with areas of specialization including interpersonal, persuasion, communication technology, nonverbal and media effects. It is their goal to pursue theoretically grounded research and to disseminate knowledge by publishing their research and by teaching. They contribute to the university community through external grants and excellent teaching, and to the larger society by conducting socially meaningful empirical research. The University of Connecticut is ranked the best public university in New England, and among the top 20 public universities nationwide. The Communication Department is ranked Number 1 in New England, according to the National Research Council and ranks among the six most research-productive Communication Departments nationally.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 44


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Marketing Communication
  • Mass Communication
  • New Communication Technology
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Persuasion


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #21 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #80 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #32 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 8 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements

  • Online application.
  • University of Connecticut application fee.
  • For those whose first language is not English, Official TOEFL scores are required.
  • Official academic transcripts.
  • Official GRE scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement.

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor David Atkin, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Saras Bellur, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Ross Buck, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Assistant Professor John  Christensen, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Assistant Professor Shardé Davis, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor Amanda Denes, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Associate Professor Kirstie Farrar, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor Mark A. Hamilton, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Professor Kenneth Lachlan, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Professor Carolyn Lin, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Rory McGloin, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • Associate Professor Kristine L. Nowak, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Diana Rios, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Leslie Snyder, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Associate Professor C. Arthur Vanlear, Jr., Ph.D., University of Utah
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Persuasion-Social Influence