Media and Communication

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions and Funding
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD MECO Fall December 12, 2023
Master’s (Journalism) MA MECO Summer II January 9, 2024
Master’s (Strategic Communication, Theory & Research, M.A./J.D. dual degree) MA MECO Fall January 9, 2024
Director of Graduate Admissions Dr. Lucinda Austin (
Graduate Program Coordinator Ann Schmitt (
Address Hussman School of Journalism and Media
CB# 3365, Carroll Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone (919) 843-8307
Test Requirements No scores are required. If applicants choose to submit valid GRE scores, the admissions committee will review them.
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

  1. Every applicant should select an area of interest. Master’s applicants to the journalism area must also select an additional specialization (interactive design journalism, public life reporting or video journalism).
  2. The statement of purpose should describe the applicant’s academic and professional background, strengths, career goals and areas of research or professional interest. It should be double-spaced and no more than four pages long.
  3. Doctoral applicants are required to list at least three Hussman school faculty members in the Faculty Interest section of the Program Supplement page.
  4. Applicants must upload a writing sample in the Supplemental Document(s) – Required section of the Program Supplement page. Doctoral applicants should submit an academic paper or a chapter from their master’s thesis. Master’s applicants may submit an academic paper, news article(s), marketing plan or other representative piece of writing.
  5. Master’s applicants in journalism must submit a portfolio of journalism or work relevant to the specialization to which they are applying (interactive design journalism, public life reporting or video journalism) in the Supplemental Document(s) – Required section of the Program Supplement page. Applicants may upload the portfolio of work as a single document, or they may upload a document containing a link to a web-based portfolio.