The School of Media Arts and Studies offers programs of study leading to a Master of Arts in Media Arts & Studies, a Masters of Fine Arts in Communication Media Arts, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication. Ohio University is a well-established, notable liberal arts university known for its commitment to graduate studies, and its high standards in research and in professional development in numerous communication disciplines.
Earning a graduate degree in Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University provides students with the opportunity to explore specialized areas of interest, while participating in an enriching and an internationally diverse academic community.
Graduate students beginning a research-based program in the School of Media Arts & Studies can specialize in one of four areas. Theoretical rather than technical expertise is stressed in these programs. Areas include:
Graduate students enrolled in the production-based MFA program must concentrate in at least two media areas. Students must also choose a Cognate Area outside of production. Production areas include:
Although each program and emphasis area has a set of required courses, students work closely with faculty advisors and their committees when developing the full set of course work that will enable them to successfully pursue their declared areas of specialization. Graduate students can take elective or supportive courses within other schools and departments within Ohio University. Students often include courses in Journalism, Communication Studies, International Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Business, History, Social Anthropology, Education, Geography, Fine Arts, and Leadership & Public Affairs. Students also have access to statewide library resources, state of the art computer labs, the Game Research and Immersive Design lab, and our new social media analytics lab.