Ph.D. in Media and Communication

Our doctoral program in Chapel Hill prepares students to lead in the academy and industry.



Numbers of Distinction


AEJMC Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Awards since 1984:
No other program comes close.


Graduates in the last five years who have moved directly to assistant or associate professor jobs, half at Carnegie R1 institutions


Value, over three years, of a Park Fellowship

$1 million

One-year expenditures for externally sponsored research



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.

Learn about the MJ-school


Our vibrant and collaborative interdisciplinary research culture creates new knowledge, advances scholarship and helps reinvent media.


Explore our research


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September 27
Jane Brown Health Communication Lecture with...
Freedom Forum Conference Center
November 8
Online info session: Ph.D. in Media and...
Live stream
November 14
Junck Research Colloquium with Berkley Hudson
Freedom Forum Conference Center

Student and Faculty Research

Doctoral alumnus wins top national dissertation award
Undergraduate team, faculty member Joe Cabosky take home NCPRSA InSpire Awards at May 17 ceremony
UNC at 68th annual ICA conference in Prague
After graduation: where five MJ-school public relations grads have made their mark
‘Recoding the Boys’ Club: Women vs. the Political Tech Ceiling:’ Carolina undergraduates’ world-class research project sets a new bar
Recoding the Boys’ Club: Women vs. the Political Tech Ceiling