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Curriculum - Graduate Program in Media Studies

Master of Arts in Media Studies

36 hours required for graduation

Foundation Core Requirements
Nine hours. MS 500 (Digital Storytelling), MS 503 (Mass Communication Theory), MS 502 (Graduate Research and Writing)

Advanced Core Requirements
Six hours. Choose 1 (one) three-hour course at the 600 level from each of the two program concentrations (Digital Media, Media Theory & Criticism)

Concentration
Nine hours. Students choose three courses in one approved area of concentration. Six hours can be independent studies/directed research or readings courses.

Electives
Three hours. Any 500- or 600-level course.

Thesis/Project Requirement
Six hours. The thesis or project requirement requires students to conduct and complete independent research that is relevant to the theoretical issues and topics covered in the M.A. program and demonstrate familiarity with, and skill in, applying appropriate research methods. Alternatively, students can choose to complete a comprehensive media project, which may, for example, be relevant to their employment (e.g. as videographers, teachers, media specialists) as well as a detailed written evaluative report demonstrating its relevance to the program.

Concentration Options:

Digital Media
Choose 3 courses from MS 510, 541, 543, 548, 560, 565, 600, 610, 630, 640, or 660.
Media Theory & Criticism

Choose three courses from MS 505, 515, 561, 635

Thesis/Project Requirement:  6 hours. The thesis or project requirement requires students to conduct and complete independent research that is relevant to the theoretical issues and topics covered in the M.A. program and demonstrates familiarity with, and skill in, applying appropriate research methods. Alternatively, students can choose to complete a comprehensive media project, which may, for example, be relevant to their employment (e.g. as videographers, teachers, media specialist) as well as a detailed written evaluative report demonstrating its relevance to the program. Click here for a PDF version of the Thesis/Project PROPOSAL Guidelines.  Click here for a curriculum work sheet to help you plan your classes.

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