M.A. in Digital Communication

Accelerate your career while maintaining work and family responsibilities in the online master’s degree program in digital communication from the acclaimed UNC MJ-school. The program equips working professionals for leadership roles, addressing the issues reshaping media and communication today with challenging courses designed for career-minded students’ ambitious schedules. Students complete nine courses over two years and then spend the final semester working one-on-one with faculty on a comprehensive project.

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By the Numbers


Courses per semester, a part-time load that allows for work, life and study balance


Work with a faculty member on a final project, often related to your job.


Percentage of students who, by graduation, attribute a new job or promotion to what they’ve learned


UNC MJ-school alumni around the world and across communications industries



Why Carolina Online?

  • Broad curriculum balancing concepts and application, to equip students for strategic thinking and management-level decision-making in diverse subject areas
  • Small classes taught by full-time UNC MJ-school faculty and industry experts
  • Opportunities to focus course assignments on real-world workplace topics and challenges
  • Access to UNC resources, including libraries, IT support and Adobe software
  • Two in-person experiences on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Networking opportunities with classmates, program graduates and MJ-school alumni

Final application deadline: June 12


Looking for a shorter online program? Consider our three-course graduate certificate. Finish in one year, and transfer credit to the master's program.
Want to study full-time? Learn about the specialized programs of study in our on-campus master's program in Chapel Hill


Learn more

Complete this form and we’ll contact you with information and program updates.

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




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