Graduate programs in the School of Media Arts & Studies stress research, theory-making, and professional development. The School offers a Ph.D. in Mass Communication; an M.A. in Media Arts & Studies including a program in Public Media (jointly administered with the WOUB Center for Public Media); and an M.A. in Communication and Development Studies (co-administrated with the Center for International Studies). Our programs focus on International and Intercultural Media, Media and Development Communication, Emerging Media & Society, and Media Industry Studies. Students may choose to emphasize either the social science or humanities traditions and will become acquainted with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The School usually has 30-40 students enrolled at the graduate level and maintains quality through selective admissions. Admission is granted only in the fall semester of each year. Entering graduate students often have experience working in media industry positions, serving a government agency, or teaching. In any given year, students from at least a dozen countries are in residence. The school gives preference to candidates with strong professional and academic records, plus clearly articulated goals for their graduate education. Each year the School awards a limited number of graduate and teaching assistantships to qualified candidates.