The Ph.D. Program in the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, provides doctoral training for students seeking theoretical and research skills for scholarly and professional leadership in the fields of communication, library and information science, journalism and media studies. The unique combination of communication, information, and media in a single program helps prepare students in the 21st century to address key questions in our society. With approximately 50 faculty members and 120 students currently enrolled, Rutgers has a sizable and diverse doctoral program as well. The program is officially offered through the Graduate School-New Brunswick as a Ph.D. in Communication, Information and Library Studies.
The focus of the program is on the nature and function of communication, information and media institutions, policies, processes and systems—and their impact on individuals as well as social, organizational, national, and international affairs. Interdisciplinary approaches to these issues are strongly supported and encouraged in the program. The program is especially well-suited for those interested in the interaction between new information and communication technologies, the individuals who use them, and the social, cultural and political systems in which they are embedded. However, students with more narrowly aligned disciplinary interests (e.g., organizational communication, interpersonal communication, health communication, library management, journalism, and critical/cultural studies in communication) will also find that this program serves them well.
Areas of focus:
- Library and Information Science
- Media Studies.
Information about the areas is available here.
Additional information is available in the Graduate School Catalog.