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 20
Online info session: Ph.D. in Media and...
Live stream
September 21
Junck Research Colloquium with Russell Clayton
Freedom Forum Conference Center
September 21
Interdisciplinary Lunch Series: The Promise (and...
Halls of Fame room

Student and Faculty Research

Research Publication Roundup: Summer 2018
Well Said podcast: The Irina Project
UNC at annual AEJMC conference in Washington, DC
Standing tall at the crossroads of race, media, power
Featured research: Identity, self-concept and how they affect successful health communication
Research Publication Roundup: June 2018