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 2010-15: 48


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 

  • Associate Professor Mark Aakhus, Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • Assistant 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 Costello, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Associate Professor Marija Dalbello, Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Associate Professor Marya Doerfel, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo
  • Assistant Professor Christina Dunbar-Hester, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor Ingrid Erickson, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor Meara Faw, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Assistant Professor Lauren Feldman, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Bernadette Gailliard, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Gibbs, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor David Greenburg, Ph.D., Columbia University 
  • Professor Kathryn Greene, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Associate Professor Keith Hampton, Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor Vikki Katz, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor Susan Keith, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Associate Professor Deepa Kumar, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Assistant Professor Jeffrey Lane, Ph.D., Princeton 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 Claire McInerney, Ph.D., SUNY Albany
  • Assistant Professor Lisa Mikesell, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Professor Hartmut Mokros, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Professor Phil Napoli, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Associate Professor Daniel O'Connor, Ph.D., Syracuse University 
  • Associate Professor Katya Ognyanova, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor John Pavlik, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Jonathan Potter, Ph.D., University of York
  • Professor Marie Radford, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Assistant Professor Rebecca Reynolds, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Professor Brent Ruben, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Assistant Professor Joe Sanchez, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Craig Scott, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Assistant Professor Chirag Shah, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Vivek Singh, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • Professor Lea Stewart, Ph.D., Purdue University 
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Theiss, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Ross Todd, Ph.D., University of Technology
  • Associate Professor Nina Wacholder, Ph.D., CUNY
  • Assistant Professor Jennifer Warren, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Weber, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Assistant Professor Kadijah White, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Todd Wolfson, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor Itzhak Yanovitzky, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor Xiaomu Zhou, Ph.D., University of Michigan

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