NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Massachusetts, Department of Communication

The emergence of Communication as a multifaceted social science discipline is connected with both the search for new perspectives on contemporary problems and the profusion of technologies of communication. The graduate program in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts approaches communication as the primary social process through which social realities are constituted, maintained, and changed. Those varied processes and contexts constitute the core of their work, with opportunities to pursue communication theory and research.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 37

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Social Interaction & Culture
  • Film Studies
  • Media, Technology, & Society
  • Media & Cultural Studies
  • Rhetoric & Performance Studies

Rankings

Neuendorf, et al., 2007

  • #25 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #53 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #9 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #56 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

CIOS

  • Top Ten Research Program in 10 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies

  • #151-200 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Ph.D. candidates must have a master's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university. A student with a BA is not admitted directly into the Ph.D. program, but rather into the M.A. program. Application to the Ph.D. program may then be made before the M.A. is completed. Completion of the M.A. is a condition of—but does not guarantee—admission.

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Soo Young Bae, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Associate Professor Benjamin Bailey, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Professor Donal Carbaugh, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor Mari Castaneda, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Associate Professor Briankle Chang, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Anne Ciecko, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Professor Leda Cooks, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Assistant Professor Gonen Dori-Hacohen, Ph.D., University of Haifa, Israel
  • Assistant Professor Martha Fuentes-Bautista, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Henry Geddes, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Stephen Olbrys Gencarella, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Assistant Professor Seth Goldman, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Lisa Henderson, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Sut Jhally, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
  • Associate Professor Claudio Moreira, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Martin F. Norden, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Assistant Professor Kimberlee Perez, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Professor Erica Scharrer, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Assistant Professor Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz, Ph.D., University of Alabama
  • Associate Professor Shawn Shimpach, Ph.D., New York University
  • Assistant Professor Alena L. Vasilyeva, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Associate Professor Emily West, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Weiai (Wayne) Xu, Ph.D., University at Buffalo
Research Specialties : 
Mass Communication-Media Studies, Performance Studies, Rhetorical Studies