Invite opportunity. Create momentum.

Our graduate programs at the UNC School of Media and Journalism are as dynamic as today’s fast-changing media industries and as focused as the passions that inspire you.

Graduate studies at the UNC School of Media and Journalism
Find your fit as a master’s or doctoral student on our Chapel Hill campus, or earn a graduate certificate or master’s degree online.
Doctorate in Mass Communication

UNC School of Media and Journalism doctoral students attain a high degree of competence in research methodology and develop expertise in at least one substantive area of study as well as a broad range of knowledge concerning media and communication in modern society.

The specific content of students’ programs is determined by the students themselves and their committees, and varies with the background, interests and goals of each student.

The school is now accepting applications for the new Ph.D./J.D. dual degree program, offered in conjunction with the UNC School of Law.   > Get details about the Ph.D. in Mass Communication.

Master of Arts in Mass Communication

Our residential master’s program balances training in mass communication skills, concepts and research methods for students choosing among four study tracks.   > Get details about the M.A. in Mass Communication.

Research track

The research track is designed for students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree, a career in academia (teaching and research) or research positions in industry or government.

Professional track

The professional track is designed to educate students in an area of specialization within the field of mass communication in preparation for a career in industry. Areas of specialization within the professional track can be grouped more broadly into those that are news/reporting-focused, regardless of platform and topic (e.g., business and media, electronic and broadcast journalism, science and medical journalism, reporting, visual communication: interactive design and visual communication: photo-video) and strategic communication-focused, which include a mix of advertising, marketing communication, public relations and visual communication: graphic design.

Interdisciplinary Health Communication track

The IHC track provides students with specialized training in the field of health communication and builds expertise for applied practice, academic and research settings. Students learn how to effectively communicate with diverse audiences about health issues, the psychology of persuasion and traditional and emerging digital forms of media.

M.A./J.D. track

The dual degree program with the UNC School of Law allows students to earn both degrees in three years. The program is intended for students who plan to practice mass communication law, plan to practice professionally in a communication-related field such as journalism or public relations with a law-related emphasis, plan to pursue academic careers in law and mass communication fields or plan to pursue a doctorate in a related field.

Master of Arts in Technology and Communication

Our online Master of Arts in Technology and Communication can be completed in 2.5 years and focuses on interactive media, the Internet and digital economics, addressing issues that are reshaping journalism and mass communication. This degree draws on the expertise of the school’s acclaimed faculty to position students for leadership roles in digital media and Web-based communication.

The MATC is a 30-credit program delivered online, allowing working professionals to advance their educations while maintaining their work and family responsibilities. Students travel to Chapel Hill twice, for a weekend orientation before starting the program and for a weeklong summer residency after completing the first year.   > Get details about the M.A. in Technology and Communication.

Certificate in Technology and Communication

In one year, while studying from home, students can earn a graduate-level certificate from our nationally acclaimed school. 

Through this immersion in digital media, working professionals study how technology has changed the way people live, think and communicate, and pick up valuable skills for communicating in the changing digital world. Classes are small — usually no more than 20 students — to foster a seminar-like atmosphere.

One course each is offered in the fall, spring and summer terms, and two of the courses are transferrable to the online master’s program.   > Get details about the Certificate in Technology and Communication.

Candace Doby

“The MATC program gave me so much access to knowledge and challenged me to think deeply. I was able to take information learned in classes and immediately apply concepts to my job.”

Candace Doby '14 (M.A. online)
Senior Marketing Strategist, Chipotle
Jed Williams

“My UNC grad school experience was nothing short of transformative, thanks to first-rate professors and mentors.”

Jed Williams '10 (M.A.)
Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Vendasta
Jessica Myrick

“The Ph.D. program in mass communication at UNC is recognized around the globe. For me it was an incredibly helpful foot-in-the-door for getting job interviews.”

Jessica Myrick '13 (Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor, The Media School at Indiana University
Brian Thornburg

“The certificate program, while done completely online, offers access to terrific faculty, engenders high engagement with fellow students and delivers pertinent, fresh information.”

Brian Thornburg '13 (Certificate)
Head of Media Services, Meredith College


Hands-on. One-to-one.

We create a culture of community and collaborative learning, both inside and outside class.

Meredith Clark ’14 (Ph.D.) earned the 2015 AEJMC Mass Communication & Society Dissertation Award for her study of “Black Twitter.”
Meredith Clark


Think smarter. Ignite the public conversation.

By combining critical thinking and inspirational storytelling, our graduate programs equip you to innovate, create and lead change in industry and the academy.


16,075 graduates. In 62 countries.

As role models, advisors and prospective employers, UNC MJ-school alumni create a powerful network throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Gabriel Dance ’06 (M.A.), managing editor of The Marshall Project and former chief multimedia producer for The New York Times, addresses students at an MJ-school alumni panel. 

Hit the ground running

Our graduate alumni and students in recent classes have been hired by these top employers, among many others:

Research universities
University of Alabama
University of Georgia
Indiana University Bloomington
Northwestern University
Texas Christian University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching colleges
DePaul University
Ithaca College

Innovation Research & Training – Durham, N.C.
Unitied Nations – New York, N.Y.

Health communication
Harvard University
Omnicom Group

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Business Insider
The Guardian
The New York Times
North Carolina Public Radio

Doctoral study
University of Florida
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Strategic communication

Strategic communication
Brooks Bell
Duke Engergy
Duke University
Centerline Digital
Fair Trade Federation
inVentiv Health
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Three Ships
Wells Fargo

The Denver Post
WTAE Pittsburgh


Renowned college town. Vibrant entrepreneurial community.

Brimming with Southern charm, Chapel Hill occupies one corner of North Carolina’s Research Triangle. The region, home to hundreds of cutting-edge companies and limitless cultural experiences, is regularly represented on national best-cities lists.

And with the Triangle’s central location, the most exciting places in the state and region are well within reach. Mileage from Chapel Hill to some of those destinations:

to the mountains
to the beach
to Asheville
to the Outer Banks
to Washington, D.C.
to Charleston, S.C.

Learn more about our programs

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Program(s) of interest:

Ph.D. in Mass Communication 

M.A. in Mass Communication 

M.A. in Technology and Communication (online) 

Certificate in Technology and Communication (online)