Admissions: MA with concentration in Media Studies

Step 1 – Online Application


Choose: The University of Texas at Austin (school), Radio-Television-Film -- MA in Media Studies (major/degree).

Statement of Purpose: You can wait and upload this as a PDF on the MyStatus Page - Step 2.

Letters of Recommendation: You should provide names and email addresses for three recommenders. Please contact us if your recommender is not able to use this online method. It is acceptable to submit a professional reference if you've been out of school for a long time.

Step 2 – Upload Supplemental Materials

Use MyStatus Page -- available after submitting and paying the application fee.

NOTE: You won't have access to the MyStatus Page until you complete the online application and pay the application fee.

Statement of Purpose: Write an essay that explains your education and experience so far, your future goals, and how you think our program will help you achieve those goals. Rule of thumb is to keep this concise, no more than two printed pages, double-spaced. No other essay required.

Copies of Official Transcripts: The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) require a copy of your official transcript from each college and/or university that you have attended. U.S. applicants who have taken coursework through an Exchange Program, Semester Abroad or Study Abroad, please contact an Admissions Counselor at GIAC (512-475-7391) to determine if you need an original transcript from the foreign institution. Once you are admitted, you will need to send a hard copy of the official transcript.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Include education; work experience and internships; honors and awards; and publications or creative works.

Academic Writing Sample: This should be a report, article, review, or anything that you've written for a class (or similar). While there is not page limit, we recommend something 10-20 pages long. If you no longer have any academic papers, please submit a 10-page original essay.


The deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is December 1, 2023. We only admit students in the fall. The next application window will open on September 1, 2023.

Virtual Info Session

Check back in early September for details on how to register for an info session (to be held in October, dates TBA).

Qualifying Degrees

Note that you must have completed a BA or BS degree (or will have completed one by the beginning of your first semester) in order to be admitted to the MA program in RTF with Media Studies concentration.

Suggested Timeline for your Application

It can take 2 to 4 weeks after you take the general GRE test for the scores to arrive at UT Austin.

November 20

  • Complete ApplyTexas application; SUBMIT and PAY.
  • Send test scores to UT Austin (#6882)

November 25

  • Upload all supplemental materials using the "MyStatus Page" link that you get 24 to 48 hours AFTER submitting the ApplyTexas application.

November 29

  • Check status of your application from the MyStatus Page.