Master of Arts in Media Studies
Requirements for Matriculation
These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for admission.
- 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.
- 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.
- An 800 word, persuasive OpEd-style statement of interests explaining your commitment to media or media studies, and why your goals or accomplishments matter. Consider answering questions such as:
The GRE is not required, but can be submitted in support of your application.
- How are you studying or practicing media, and why does it matter?
- What are you trying to find out or accomplish, and how will it impact others?
- What do you want for society or your own community, and how do media enable or undermine that goal?
- Has your work already made a difference? Tell us how.
- If there are concrete projects or issues you hope to explore, how might a collaborative, interdisciplinary graduate program help you to pursue this work?
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 the that their application was denied.
Matriculation with Conditions
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.
Degree Requirements for the Masters Program
These requirements are in addition to the general College requirements for the Master of Arts degree.
- When a candidate is admitted, the Graduate Program Coordinator will assist the candidate in developing a plan of study.
- 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 701, Media Archaeology and MEDST 703, Media and Social Change.
- In order to graduate, students must complete 24 credits of coursework and two 3 credit Thesis seminars. 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 committee.
- Additional information on policies and standards can be found at the College website for Graduate Studies and Research.