School of Communication and Information

Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $70
  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $28,000
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $45,000

Degrees Offered

Master of Communication and Media
Master of Health Communication and Information
Master of Information

Our Program

Tools to succeed in today’s global communication, information and media environment from a top-ranked institution.

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



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

  • Communication
  • Library and Information Science
  • Media Studies

Facts About the MCM Program

  • Offers seven specializations: Public Relations, Leadership Communication, Communication and Media Studies, Strategic Organizational Communication, Digital Media, Health Communication, Communication and Media Research
  • Emphasis on practical skills taught by experienced professionals that can be immediately applied in the workplace
  • Gateway to communication careers as seen in our graduates, who hold professional positions in numerous industries including corporate communication, public relations, health communication, social media management, marketing and digital media
  • Renowned faculty that combine theory and practice on today’s communication and media advancements to keep you on top of current trends
  • Located less than 40 miles from NYC and 60 miles to Philadelphia, meaning abundant internship and employment opportunities in the nation’s most high-profile cities
  • Flexible coursework that enables you to study on campus, online or a hybrid of both enabling you to work while completing your degree in as fast as 15 months – over 60% of our students are employed full-time.
  • GRE waiver available (requirements apply)

Facts About The MI Program

  • Focused Concentrations: Data Science, LIS: Library & Information Science, LIS: School Librarianship, Archives & Preservation, Interaction Design & Informatics, Technology, Information & Management or Create your own pathway
  • Flexibility — courses are available online or on campus.
  • Ranked 7th nationally by U.S. News and World Report: #1 for School Library Media; #6 for Digital Librarianship; #8 for Information Systems, and #6 for Services for Children and Youth.
  • Founding member and 1 of 59 international members of the iSchool consortium
  • Tuition is competitive with top 10 national programs
  • American Library Association Accredited (ALA) accreditation
  • GRE waivers to students with strong academic records

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: Recognition. Prestige. Tradition. 


  • Application Fee

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Application Deadline

September Program Start

  • U.S. resident deadline: August 1
  • International student deadline: July 1

January Program Start

  • U.S. resident deadline: December 1
  • International student deadline: November 1

May Program Start (Online Only)

  • U.S. resident deadline: April 15
  • International student deadline: March 15

Student Body

  • Total Students

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What Our Students Say

  • “In looking at communication master’s programs in New York and New Jersey, I really wanted to find the right blend of corporate and organizational communication courses and journalism study. I found that at Rutgers.”

    Colin DeVries, Master of Communication and Media ‘18
  • "The MI program provided me with a mix of theory and practice—a lot of technical skills but also when to apply them. I think that is the important thing: to know why and to be willing to learn for the rest of your career."

    Liz Boccolini, Master of Information ‘18

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $28,000
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $45,000