[Air-L] PhD and MS/PhD Studentships in the Department of Communication and Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rebecca Rouse rouse.rebecca at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 11:57:37 PST 2014

The Department of Communication and Media has spaces available for a
limited number exceptional students to begin their PhD or MS/PhD studies in
Communication and Rhetoric in August 2015.

Students should apply through the Institute's portal:


Applications must be submitted by January 1, 2015 to be considered for Fall
2015 admission.

The Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer offers an
integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the Ph.D. in Communication and
Rhetoric centered on the study of diverse communication practices and media
environments.   Our faculty are nationally recognized scholars in media
studies, game studies, digital rhetoric, design, visual culture, technical
communication, HCI, mixed reality, ethnography, communication and
composition. Information about research, including previous and current
doctoral projects, can be found on our website at
current list of faculty can also be found on our website at
is recommended that prospective PhD candidates identify potential advisors
and discuss their ideas for their research with them before submitting an

In addition to the application form, applicants for the PhD are required to
provide the following:

-GRE general test scores

-For non-native speakers, TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5
or PTE 60)

-Statement of background and goals

-Academic transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions (if

-Evidence of teaching experience (if applicable)

-Two letters of recommendation from persons who can comment on the
applicant’s scholarly preparation and potential

-Writing sample (an academic essay or a portion of a thesis)

There are both teaching assistantship and fellowship opportunities for our
Ph.D. applicants.  This funding is very competitive and both covers full
tuition and offers a stipend, which is currently set at a rate of $18,500
for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year for teaching
assistantships.  Applicants who gain admission and who wish to enroll are
responsible for covering the costs of the additional fees associated with
enrolling at Rensselaer.  These fees are listed here:
Applicants must check off "Yes” to the financial aid question on the
application to be considered for funding. Funding is not guaranteed.

Informal inquiries can be directed to the Graduate Program Director,
Professor Katya Haskins (haskie at rpi.edu) or the Graduate Student Services
Administrator, Jennifer Mumby (mumbyj at rpi.edu).

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