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 65% 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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April 9
CANCELED: Junck Research Colloquium with Erica...
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall 305
December 3
Spring Research Colloquium with Sue Robinson
Freedom Forum Conference Center

Student and Faculty Research

Roy H. Park Fellow Deborah Dwyer has been selected for a 2020-21 fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
Daniel Kreiss on Focus Carolina
UNC at the virtual Kentucky Conference of Health Communication
UNC at the virtual AEJMC Southeast Colloquium
UNC Hussman’s Lazard and Noar awarded major grant for hookah warning research
Daniel Riffe honored with prestigious Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research
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