NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Illinois-Chicago, Department of Communication

The Department of Communication offers degrees oriented to research and theory about a central issue in life of the 21st century: dynamic and complex human and mediated communication. The Ph.D. program focuses on technology, a key factor that has transformed the discipline: the rise of interactive digital communication.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 23


Areas of Study

  • New Technology
  • Political Communication
  • Intercultural Diversity
  • Visual Communication


QS World University Rankings—Communication & Media Studies 

  • #51-100 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #117 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Résumé
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation each with a Rating Form

Graduate Faculty 

  • Assistant Professor Dmitry Epstein, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor John A. Jones, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Steve Jones, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Ann Lind, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor Adrienne Massanari, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Assistant Professor Zachary McDowell, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
  • Associate Professor Sharon Meraz, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Zizi Papacharissi, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Eulàlia Puig Abril, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Andrew Rojecki, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Associate Professor Elaine Yuan, Ph.D., Northwestern University