M.S. degree program in media studies
HEGIS code 0603
NYS SED program code 77735

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Macias, Miguel Assistant Professor   306 Whitehead Hall mmacias @ brooklyn.cuny.edu email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Television And Radio
Fall Application Deadline April 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Please submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions: official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, statement of purpose (800-1000 words), and an essay addressing the following two questions (approximately 1000 words total).

1. Choose a specific topic receiving attention in the news today (health-related, conflict, economic, education, etc.). Briefly discuss various ways one might examine the way that issue is covered across the spectrum of news media.
2. What is one area, either within a segment of the media industry or in media scholarship, that you find particularly compelling? Why?
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 580, 237, 92
Examinations

 

This program is a research and theory based program that emphasizes the connection between theory and practice. The curriculum examines the environments and impact of electronic media from social, political, cultural and economic perspectives. Students gain in-depth knowledge of the television and radio industries, emerging digital media industries, media literacy, and key critical, theoretical and research perspectives on media broadly. The program prepares students to apply their education in a variety of professional positions or to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral program.

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer a well-rounded undergraduate record of at least a 3.0 GPA that suggests promise of success in the program. Each applicant's record is considered individually in this respect. Applicants must submit an essay about contemporary media and society, which can be an original essay written to accompany the application, or a 5 - 10 page scholarly paper that was written as an undergraduate. Alternatively, applicants may submit a scholarly paper in any subject related to their undergraduate major. General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Applicants must submit the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test score or the Miller Analogy Test Score. International applicants are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 580 on the paper-based test or 237 on the computer-based test or 92 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

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Degree requirements (30 credits)
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Thirty credits are required for the degree. Other than required courses, credits required for the degree must be in courses chosen in consultation with the graduate deputy chairperson or program advisor. The program of study must be approved by the department. Courses in the Television and Radio Department offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses. Students must complete 30 credits, at least 24 credits of which must be taken in the Television and Radio Department.
Students may choose one of two possible tracks of study in the program. The first track is the M.S. in Media Studies, and the second track is the M.S. in Media Studies, Media Literacy Concentration.
Every student shall be required to successfully complete the following six core graduate courses:
TVRA 7701X, 7710X, 7712X, 7713X, 7714X, and 7945.
Students in the M.S. in Media Studies, Media Literacy concentration are required to take, in addition to the six core graduate courses, the following:
TVRA 7716X and 7769X.
Students in both tracks are encouraged to take the following:
TVRA 7716X, 7772X, 7726X, and 7728X.

Students are also eligible to take as electives the following two television production courses: Television and Radio 7730X and 7740G. Television and Radio 7769X and 7796X will be available each semester. Students may take each of these courses only once during their program of study. Up to 6 credits may be taken outside the department with the approval of the graduate deputy chairperson or program advisor.

Students must pass a written comprehensive examination. The examination will consist of questions in areas in which the student has taken courses during his/her course of study. Information about the comprehensive examination is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."