Ph.D. in Mass Communication

We offer a close-knit community where students learn, develop as scholars and collaborate with faculty advisers and mentors. In our program you’ll learn cutting-edge research methods and acquire a deep understanding of communication theory to help you develop a research program that fits your specific interests. Our program prepares you for careers in the academy and industry, where our graduates are training the next generation of scholars, improving public health, strengthening democracy and helping leading organizations across the world innovate in a rapidly changing media environment.

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Numbers of Distinction

8

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

70%

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

$160,000+

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.
 

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

 

Explore our research

 
 

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Calendar

Fri.
Aug. 11
Ph.D. Alumni & Faculty Breakfast
Beatrix Streeterville, Chicago
Tue.
Dec. 05
Ph.D. Application Deadline
Online

Student and Faculty Research

Research Publication Roundup: May 2017
Doctoral candidate Jennah Sontag and Professor Seth Noar work to reduce indoor tanning
New MJ-school faculty member brings a different perspective to the school
Research Publication Roundup: April 2017
MJ-school doctoral alumna Diane Francis '16 (PhD) receives 2017 GEAB Impact Award
UNC at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association