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Rutgers University - New Brunswick

School of Communication and Information

New Brunswick, NJ


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School Of Communication and Information

Communication and information are at the forefront of every industry and interaction today. The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) is committed to equipping students with the tools required to succeed in today’s global communication, information, and media environments. SC&I’s programs will prepare students interested in organizational communication, social and new media, library and information science, and information technology for a top career in today’s digital workplace.

SC&I seeks to understand communication, information, media processes, and technologies as they affect individuals, societies, organizations, and the relationships among them.

The solutions to many of society’s critical problems are rooted in interaction, participation in information networks, and processes of civic engagement. Societal challenges include the achievement of healthy people and communities; maintaining a thriving democracy and useful public policy; preparing new generations of leaders; creating humane, productive, and empowering organizations; and development of individual skills, self-understanding, and personal fulfillment.

SC&I has several centers and institutes focusing on areas such as school libraries, organizational development and leadership, and communication related to health issues, among others.

SC&I, located on the Rutgers flagship New Brunswick campus, was created in 1982 with the merger of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, the School of Communication Studies, and the Department of Urban Journalism. The journalism and library science programs each had roots in programs established in the 1920s at Rutgers, and the communication program was established during the 1970s.

SC&I’s faculty members are scholars who are recognized nationally and internationally for excellence and innovation in contemporary communication, information, and media-related research and teaching.

Academic Programs at SC&I

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Minors



Students in the SC&I's Ph.D. program can choose from the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Library and Information Science
  • Media Studies

Professional Development

Three Development Studies (Non-Credit) certificate programs are offered with numerous elective options:

  • Public Relations
  • Business and Managerial Communication
  • Digital Asset Management (DAM)
  • Health Communications and information (coming soon) 

Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. Nearly 69,000 students and 22,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. Rutgers University is currently preparing for Middle States reaccreditation review in 2018.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Communication and Media (MCM)
Master of Information (MI)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 128
Doctoral Degrees 11

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Qualifying exams


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline May 17th May 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements Proficiency in statistics

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards April 2
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Male (23%)
Female (76%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 92
Part-time - 27
Male (55)
Female (64)


Focus of faculty research: Communication processes, information systems, human information processing, information services, library management
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address School of Communication and Information
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
United States
Contact Email:
Phone: 848-932-7500

Rutgers University - New Brunswick