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


The Roy H. Park Fellowships are among the most generous among media and journalism programs nationwide, providing top MJ-school doctoral applicants the financial support necessary for the students to focus on their academic and professional development.

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Student and Faculty Research

Research Publication Roundup: November 2018
Tar Heel Talks: Political expression through digital media with Associate Professor Deen Freelon
Research Publication Roundup: October 2018
Research Publication Roundup: Summer 2018
Well Said podcast: The Irina Project
UNC at annual AEJMC conference in Washington, DC
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