MA Media Studies

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Master of Arts, Concentration in Media Studies

The masters program in Radio-Television-Film emphasizes critical and contextual approaches to the study of media objects, industries, and cultures. With globally recognized faculty specializing in a wide array of media studies subfields, we prepare you for future career paths in academia, non-profit work, and the private sector.

Primary Research and Teaching Areas

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Digital Media

Analyze interactive and emergent media texts and platforms, participatory digital cultures, social media, and algorithmic culture.

Global Media

Study media texts, audiences, industries, and cultures from transnational, national, regional and diasporic perspectives.

History and Criticism

Examine the sociohistorical contexts of film and media and engage in aesthetic and critical analysis.

Identity and Representation

Explore media's impact on culture and identity through interdisciplinary courses that examine the politics of representation through gender, race, sexuality, citizenship, and more.

Media Industries

Engage in topics relating to creative labor, production, distribution, infrastructures, regulation, and exhibition.

Program of Study

The M.A. (Media Studies) is designed as a two-year scholarly degree program in which students produce work that applies theory to original research. There are two options to complete the degree: thesis (30-hour program of work) or master's report (33-hour program of work). Students are also required to take six credit hours in a minor field, outside the Department of Radio-TV-Film. Minor work may be taken in the College of Communication or elsewhere in the University. Coursework is chosen in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

Thesis Option

Students will incorporate 30 hours of coursework and research culminating in a Thesis, written under the direction of an advisor and second reader.

Report Option

Some students see the M.A. as a primarily professional degree that equips them to work in media or other fields of work at a more advanced level. Such students typically produce a Master’s Report employing applied research or they generate a creative project. 

Learn more about the Program of Work.

Supporting Your Success

  • Structured timeline for successful program completion
  • Faculty mentorship
  • High success rate of placement in doctoral programs
  • Internships with local media industry, festivals, policy institutions and cultural organizations
  • Biannual professional development workshops