The PhD in Communication at UMass Amherst approaches communication as the primary process through which social realities are constituted, maintained, and changed. Here, you can pursue communication theory and research in areas such as film studies; media effects and popular culture; media, technology, and society; rhetoric and performance studies; and social interaction and culture.

Our doctoral program is known for R1-level research productivity as well as for its interdisciplinary community that combines scholars in the humanities and the social sciences. We have a diverse faculty and student body and foster a comparative and international focus. You'll work with faculty from a variety of methodological areas including critical text analysis, performance studies, ethnography, survey and experimental designs, content analysis, and computational methods.

We also prioritize a social justice perspective that recognizes that links between theory and practice, believing that knowledge matters outside of the academy.