Mass Comm Doctoral Program Highly Ranked by NRC

The doctoral program in Mass Communication, jointly administered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Life Sciences Communication, ranks among the very best in the nation in the latest National Research Council rankings of the field of Communications. Only three communications programs consistently earned top ranks in the Overall S-Rating (derived from measures of 20 different program characteristics weighted by scholars’ evaluations of the key determinants of program quality in the field) and Research Activity Ratings (derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards): Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These rankings were based on a five-year project that centered on gathering and analyzing information in a variety of disciplines. The NRC rankings of doctoral programs in communication come on the heels of a recent study that found the Ph.D. in mass communication at Wisconsin was the leading program in the country in terms of placement of graduate students in academic jobs at other highly ranked universities.