Media Studies MA FAQ
For Prospective Students:
For Matriculated Students:
FAQ for Prospective Students
What are the requirements for admission to the Media Studies MA program?
For admission to Queens College: All students applying for admission as master's matriculants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent. If ten years have elapsed since completion of undergraduate work, additional undergraduate courses may be required as a condition of admission.
Additional requirements for the Media Studies MA:
- A 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate degree work.
- At least three letters of recommendation from past professors, work supervisors or other people familiar with your personal potential and work ethic. In some instances an interview with the Master's Program Coordinator may be required.
- An 800-1000-word argument for what you want to accomplish with media or your media scholarship. What is the problem you want to research or address? How do you want to make a difference? What is your focus for social change? You are applying to a program where the faculty will be actively supporting your efforts, so convince us to join your cause, or make us understand your motivations, influences, and values.
If possible, append the essay with examples or links to any of your writing, videos, artwork, websites, or other work you feel supports your case.
This should not be a simple biography or general statement of interest in this field, but a supported argument for your research, art, political or social agenda.
Consider answering questions such as:
- How are you studying or practicing media, and why does it matter?
- Has your work already made a difference? Tell us how.
- What do you want for society or your own community, and how do media enable or undermine that goal?
- If there are concrete projects or issues you hope to explore, how might a collaborative, interdisciplinary graduate program help you to pursue this work?
How does the admissions process work?
Prospective students submit an application online and
send in a check for $125 to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The applicant
uploads transcripts, supplementary information, department-specific material,
and letters of recommendation. Once completed, the information then becomes
available online to the graduate program.
The credentials of each applicant will be examined by the
departmental Graduate Studies Committee, who will decide whether to accept the
applicant, accept with conditions, accept on probation, or inform the applicant
that their application was denied.
Once you have been admitted to the program, you will need to
provide vaccination records before you can be enrolled in classes.
What if I don't have a B average?
Under certain circumstances, students with an undergraduate
average below B may be matriculated under the condition of
"Probation." A student admitted on probation must achieve a B (3.0)
average in the first 12 credits of graduate work. Students admitted on
probation who fail to attain fully matriculated status after completing 12
graduate credits will not be permitted to continue.
Do I have to take the TOEFL?
Your TOEFL score, if you did not earn your undergraduate
degree in residence at a university in an English-speaking country. Students
whose TOEFL score is lacking (below 550) may have to take ESL courses before
being formally admitted.
Do you accept the International English Language Test System (IELTS)?
Yes, you have submit an IELTS. Scores must be 7 or more.
Do I have to take the GRE?
The GRE is not required, but can be submitted in support of your application.
What if I have technical problems submitting my application?
For assistance filling out the graduate application, contact Cassandra Winter at Cassandra.Winter@qc.cuny.edu.
What is the deadline for applications?
Applicants are advised to apply by March 1 for first
consideration, as well as an admissions decision by the end of March or early
April. We will consider applications on a rolling basis after that as space
allows, until June 15. Earlier applications have better odds of admission.
Can I defer my admissions?
The department has rolling admissions. Simply indicate on your application what semester you are applying to begin.
How do I find out the status of my application?
Contact the Graduate Director in the Media Studies department.
Can I take classes without being matriculated?
Yes, it is possible to take individual classes. Like matriculated students, you will need to fill out an application, submit a transcript, and send in a $125 application fee. For more information on taking classes on a non-matriculated basis, click here.
If I'm a matriculated student, do I have to pay another fee to apply as a matriculated student?
If I'm an undergraduate student, can I take MA classes?
Yes. We welcome undergraduates in MA classes. You must get
permission of the instructor, and will be enrolled if there is space.
If you are not a full-time student, you will be charged as a
graduate student. If you are a full-time student, you will pay the difference
in cost between an undergraduate class and the cost of a graduate class. For
New York residences, this is approximately $300.
If you plan to use the class toward graduate work, you
cannot include it in the 120 credits mandatory for completing your
What are the tuition fees for the MA program?
Costs vary based on whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. For current costs, click here.
Is there funding or scholarship money?
There is some limited fellowships and tuition assistance.
The Wilbur Gilman Fellowship Fund was established to
foster advanced study and criticism of media - The Media Studies department
offers to qualified students the opportunity to apply for the Gilman
Fellowship. Number and level of awards will be determined through consideration
of the following criteria:
1. Undergraduate grade-point average.
2. Two letters of recommendation.
3. A 500-word statement explaining why you believe you are
qualified for the fellowship. Your statement should address items such as the
quality and scope of your academic background, your specific areas of interest,
and your experiences both in and out of school.
A student selected to receive the award must be matriculated
in the Media Studies Masters program and must register for a minimum of 6
graduate credits in the semester(s) the award is granted. The statement and
letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Graduate Program
Coordinator, Department of Media Studies, Queens College – CUNY, Flushing, NY
11367 no later than the closing date for graduate applications each year.
Separately, you can see if you qualify for Queens College
Foundation Internal scholarships. You can find out more information about these
scholarships here: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Honors/scholarships/Pages/Scholarship-applications.aspx.
The application is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/99KCWXQ.
Can I take classes and still have time to work at my job?
Yes. Most classes are offered at night to accommodate working students.
How long will it take me to complete my degree?
The MA in Media Studies is 30 credits. The program
culminates with a 3-credit thesis. If a student takes 2 classes per semester,
the coursework can be completed in 2 years.
FAQ for Matriculated Students
What are the required classes?
All candidates in Media Studies are required to complete two
core courses with an overall grade-point average of B (3.0) or better. The
courses are: MEDST 702, Capitalism and Media and MEDST 703, Media and Social Justice.
In addition, students must also complete a 3-credit Thesis
seminar. Subject to approval by the Graduate Media Studies Committee, students
prepare a thesis based upon independent research and must pass a final oral
examination on its content and method in the presence of their graduate
In total, students must complete 27 credits of
coursework plus the 3-credit Thesis seminar.
How many credits do I need to graduate?
Students must complete 30 credits to graduate, but may take
up to 36 credits.
When should I take the required courses?
It is recommended that 702 and 703 be taken as early in your coursework as possible. In addition, it is recommended (though not required) that students take Media Theory and at least one research course.
Can I take classes in other departments at Queens College?
Can I take at other schools in the CUNY system?
Yes, depending on
space availability. You will need to contact the professor for permission, and
then get a CUNY permit prior to registration. You can get this
pre-approval form through the CUNY Portal..
Can I take classes at the CUNY Graduate Center?
Yes, but again you will need pre-approval. To do this, contact Kris Nappi in the registrar's office (Kris.Nappi@qc.cuny.edu).
Can I take classes at other New York Schools and transfer the credits?
Queens College is not part of a consortium. If you would
like to take individual classes, you can register as a non-matriculated
student. On conferral with the department, we will determine whether we can
accept the credits.
How many graduate credits can I transfer from other institutions?
You can transfer up to 12 credits.
I'm an international student. How many credits do I need to take for full-time standing?
You need to take 9 credits per semester.