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.


New graduates in the last five years who have become assistant professors or postdoctoral fellows, with 61% of those assistant professors 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 UNC Hussman 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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The Roy H. Park Fellowships are among the most generous among media and journalism programs nationwide, providing top UNC Hussman doctoral applicants the financial support necessary for the students to focus on their academic and professional development.

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February 17
Junck Research Colloquium with Muniba Saleem, Ph....
Curtis Media Center 201-202
March 3
Junck Research Colloquium with Michael Mackert,...
Curtis Media Center, rooms 201-202

Student and Faculty Research

Research Publication Roundup
Research Publication Roundup: September 2022
Q&A: The local and national impact of journalism by incoming Ph.D. student and U.S. Army veteran Daniel Johnson
Research Publication Roundup: May 2022
Researching representation: Ph.D. candidate Michele Meyer works with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Read all about it: Studying women’s contributions to journalism
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