Ph.D. Program

Why UF Why UF

The University of Florida is a top-10 public research university. In 2019, UF was ranked seventh in the nation for top public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

UF is home to more than 52,000 students, including  some 12,000 graduate students, and nearly 5,000 renowned faculty. UF students have access to more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes.

In 2018, UF received funding from the state of Florida to add 500 new faculty members, in an effort to move the University into top-five rankings.

Research Funding

Research spending at UF increased nearly 8 percent to a record $865 million in FY18, according to the National Science Foundation. Expenditures for projects receiving federal funding increased by 8.6 percent, while state and local projects increased by more than 22 percent. The category that generated the most research funding was life sciences, with total expenditures exceeding $656 million.

Here are some of UF’s rankings:

Forbes: Ranks UF No. 2 in best value colleges.

U.S. News & World Report: Ranks UF No. 7 in Top-10 of Public Universities

SmartMoney: Ranks UF No. 2 for tuition-to-graduate-salary value.

Association of American Universities: Ranks UF No. 4 among public institutions.

Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges”: Ranks UF No. 2.


Weimer-2The College of Journalism and Communications

The College is considered one of the nation’s best. The strength of its programs, faculty, students and alumni throughout its history has earned the college ongoing recognition as one of the best journalism and communication programs  in the United States.  It has developed its reputation for excellence by creating curricula that combine conceptual and theoretical instruction with skills training so students have the opportunity to apply what they are learning in professional settings.

Professional and practical opportunities are key components of a productive learning experience for students in journalism and communication fields and contribute to the College’s national rankings. Renowned faculty members in the College provide a balance of academic background and practical experience related to their specialties.



Gainesville is known as the cultural center of North Central Florida with a vibrant arts and music scene. The area boasts 37 active parks where you can enjoy world-class fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, diving, kayaking, birding, hiking, biking, fishing and pretty much everything else under the sun (which is shining almost every day). The cost of living in Gainesville is very affordable and features many safe and reasonably priced housing options both on and off campus. For more on Gainesville, browse this Guide to Greater Gainesville.

Ph.D. Graduates Speak Out

The biggest value of the degree from CJC is the greater recognition and credibility it has given me in my profession, a sense of accomplishment and personal growth, and the valuable connections I have made. Read More
Sarab Kochhar
Director of Research, Institute for Public Relations
Ph.D. 2014

In the Ph.D. program, you also gain experience in conducting and presenting your own research. You are able to network with colleagues in your field and build connections for the future. Read More
Nicki Karimipour
Clinical Recruitment Specialist, University of Southern California
MAMC 2013, Ph.D. 2016

I strongly believe that my doctoral degree and training is what made me stand out among the hundreds of qualified candidates for the management position I currently hold. Read More
Paula Rausch
Director, Division of Health Communications at Food and Drug Administration
MAMC 2007, PhD 2011