Communication, Information and Library Studies

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.94 k / program Foreign:$ 13.4 k / program  
StudyQA ranking:4942 Duration:



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 programs interdisciplinary approaches to these issues are strongly supported and encouraged.

SC&I's PhD program 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 to address key questions in our society in the 21st century.

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.

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 and social, organizational, national, and international affairs. Interdisciplinary approaches to these issues are 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 will also find that this program serves them well.


Courses include: * Communication, Information and Media Theory
* Research Foundations
* Qualitative Research Methods
* Quantitative Research Methods
* Interpretive Research Methods
* Seminar in Information Studies
* Human Information Behavior
* Information Retrieval Theory
* Knowledge Representation for Information Retrieval
* Experiment and Evaluation in Information Systems
* Interpersonal Communication
* Organizational Communication Research
* Health Communication
* Media Theory and Research
* Scholarly and Scientific Communication
* Mediated Communication
* Health Communication Campaigns
* Interpersonal and Relational Facets of Health Communication
* Mediated Health Communication
* Media Law and Policy
* Information Regulation and Law
* Information Indicators


* Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores (verbal and quantitative combined scores normally exceed 300; a strong writing score is valued also).
* Undergraduate and graduate academic records (you should have records equivalent to at least the 3.0 or B level).
* Three letters of recommendation from persons who know you in academic (or professional) contexts.
* A personal statement from you relating experience and research interests to the PhD Program.
* Score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native English-speaking applicants

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 80


Several types of financial support are available to highly qualified students. In most cases, students applying by Jan. 15 are considered automatically for this as part of the admissions process. A few awards are also for students further along in their doctoral studies. All awards are highly competitive.



The Rutgers name is recognized everywhere, and a Rutgers degree makes a great first impression. Weve built our academic reputation on solid accomplishments:

* Rutgers is a memberso are Harvard, Yale, and Berkeleyof the prestigious Association of American Universities, the 61 leading research universities in North America.
* More than 175 Rutgers research centers support pioneering work in stem cells, climate change, DNA analysis, and more.
* Rutgers international reputation draws top students from more than 130 countries and all 50 states.

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