M.A. in Media and Communication

Our master’s program in Chapel Hill balances training in communication skills, concepts and research methods. This balance is the hallmark of our two-year program and is reflected in each student’s program of study, ensuring an elevated discussion of how the media and communication professions work and where they’re going. Specialized programs of study offer paths for students interested in entering the media and communication professions, professional communicators who want more education in a specific field and individuals interested in communication theory and research.

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Master’s Degree Programs of Study

Seeking a career in a media or communication industry?

Pursuing a career in
academia or research?

Theory and Research

You can pursue the Theory and Research program of study while earning a UNC School of Law degree in the J.D./M.A. dual-degree program.

Considering a career in
health communication?

Interdisciplinary Health Communication

Working full-time? Learn about our part-time, online master’s program for communications professionals.

Why Carolina?

Get access to world-class resources on campus and a worldwide network of more than 16,000 MJ-school alumni.

Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle region are home to college-town charm, abundant culture and high-tech industry.

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Or contact the Graduate Studies team at mjgrad@unc.edu or (919) 843-9471.



Student Work

ESC dual-degree students, Kenan-Flagler teammates are finalists in 2018 Patagonia Case Study Competition
Start Here / Never Stop Podcast: Lisa Arney '03 (M.A.)
Start Here / Never Stop Podcast: Natasha Duarte '11, '16 (M.A.)
Alumnae accolades, recognition pile up like snowdrifts on a Carolina quad
Student-produced series about North Carolina State Parks to air on UNC-TV
Start Here / Never Stop Podcast: Rachel McMahan '17 (M.A.)