Program Details

Research-oriented M.A. program, specializing in both social scientific and humanistic approaches to media scholarship.
Milwaukee, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Media Studies master's program is wide ranging and interdisciplinary. The goal of the program is to foster knowledge and understanding of media and society through critical, cultural, historical, legal, ethical, or social scientific approaches. The program is oriented toward academic study of media rather than media production. The curriculum focuses on research and critical thinking about the media. Students complete 24 credits of coursework and a 6-credit thesis. They work closely with their faculty advisers to prepare coursework plans and to conduct original research for their theses. The Media Studies master's program has one of the best graduate faculties in the nation for a program its size. Faculty members have national reputations for research in a wide range of specialties. Students in the master's program are also active in research. The program's alumni apply what they have learned to a range of purposes, including media-oriented careers, teaching, and advanced academic work. Many continue their scholarship in top Ph.D. programs nationwide. Full-time students are typically funded throughout their degrees with teaching assistantships.

Additional Program Information

Accreditation not typical for this field.
Students seeking admission to the graduate program in Media Studies must meet the general requirements of UWM's Graduate School. They must also have satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination, strong undergraduate records (including GPAs of 3.0 or higher), solid letters of recommendation, and interests that fit the program's emphases on research and critical thinking. Students need not have backgrounds in media studies to be considered for admission.
International Requirements:
In addition to admission requirements for all students, international students must also show proof of English language proficiency. See the UWM Graduate School's website for specific details.

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