Interim Department Head

Professor Leslie B. Snyder


Atkin, Buck, Lin, Hamilton, and Snyder

Associate Professors

D’Alessio, Farrar, Nowak, Rios, and VanLear

Assistant Professors

Bellur, Christensen, Denes, McGloin, and Oeldorf-Hirsch

Assistant Professor in Residence


The Department of Communication deals with the process and analysis of human communication. The mission of the Department of Communication is to study and teach about communication with areas of specialization that include interpersonal communication, persuasion, communication technology, nonverbal communication, and media effects. Our goal is to pursue theoretically grounded research and to disseminate knowledge by publishing our research and through teaching. Ample experimental and survey research facilities are available. The Department of Communication offers a M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication.

M.A. in Communication

The M.A. program in Communication emphasizes the scientific investigation of human communication behavior, stressing developments in communication theory and research as they relate to society and the communication process. The M. A. in Communication prepares persons for entry into a number of fields that require analysis of communication situations (e.g., advertising and marketing research, personnel training, organization research, social program evaluation). It also provides a solid foundation for Ph.D. work.

Ph.D. in Communication

The Ph.D. program in Communication offers students a unique curriculum that stresses the integration of theory and research in communication. Our program places strong emphasis on communication theory and a wide range of research skills and is designed to provide students with a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for careers in the academic, commercial, or non-profit spheres. Our doctoral alumni are active and productive scholars and practitioners of the communication discipline. They can be found teaching and conducting research in Communication departments, schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and schools of Public Health. UConn Communication doctoral alumni are also valued in industry and government, for their skills in research on mass communication and new technology effects, advertising, audience analysis, evaluation, and other areas of communication. Because our program emphasizes a balance between theory and application, alumni leave UConn with a dynamic skill and knowledge set, qualifying them for employment opportunities both inside and outside the academy.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the University of Connecticut Graduate School, you should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4 point system). In some cases, students are admitted on a probationary status with a cumulative grade point average lower than 3.0.

In addition to the above grade requirements, the Communication department requires the written, verbal, and quantitative Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, complete transcripts, and, for non-native speakers of English, a TOEFL score.

To be considered for admission to either the MA or PhD program, applicants must have a minimum score that is above the 25th centile on the written, verbal, and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs). International applicants must also score above 23 on all components of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Where deficiencies in preparation exist, a student may be required to take or audit courses or to complete equivalent reading programs at the discretion of the student’s Advisory Committee.

Applicants for the Ph.D. program must have an M.A. degree to be considered. The application form and instructions for applying are available at: <>.

The application deadline for fall semester admission to Communication graduate program is January 1. For questions regarding the Communication graduate programs, please visit our website: <>, call  (860) 486-6734, or send an e-mail message to the Director of Graduate Studies (

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