Ph.D. in Media and 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


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.

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


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March 30
Junck Research Colloquium with Natalie Stroud
Freedom Forum Conference Center
May 2
Spring Research Colloquium
Freedom Forum Conference Center (Carroll 305)
May 12
Spring Commencement 2018
Carmichael Arena

Student and Faculty Research

Research Publication Roundup: December 2017
MJ-school Professor Seth Noar honored with J. Mayhew Derryberry Award
Research Publication Roundup: November 2017
Research Conversations with Associate Professor Deen Freelon
Featured research: Crisis communication with Lucinda Austin
Research Publication Roundup: October 2017