Fostering Intellectual Autonomy & Excitement

The PhD program provides you doctoral training in theoretical and research skills for scholarly and professional leadership in the fields of communication, library and information science, and journalism and media studies. The strategic combination of these areas helps prepare you to address key questions facing our society in the 21st century. We focus on the nature and function of communication, information and media institutions, policies, processes and systems, examining their impact on individuals and social, organizational, national and international affairs. In doing so, our program’s interdisciplinary approaches to these issues are strongly supported and encouraged.

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PhD Students

The program is officially offered through the Graduate School-New Brunswick (GS-NB) as the PhD program in Communication, Information and Library Studies. GS-NB enrolls nearly 4,000 students in 59 doctoral programs and 57 master's programs. With approximately 50 faculty and with 110 students currently enrolled, the CILS PhD program is the third largest GS-NB doctoral program.

Navigating the Admissions Process

The role of the PhD program is to help you select your academic direction, thrive in apprenticeship, and develop a unique vision. This is the recipe that contributes to your success as a scholar. While we are part of the graduate system at Rutgers, our doctoral studies have specific program requirements to ensure the highest level of scholarly integrity for our program and its graduates.  To explore further about our program, use the navigation links on the left.