Masters programs in the School of Media Arts and Studies focus on theory and research, and stress the non-technical aspects of electronic media. Coursework is geared towards preparing students to enter or continue working in media industries and related fields, and for doctoral studies. Masters students can select from a broad range of specializations including international media, media industries leadership & management, emerging media & culture. In addition, the School also is home to programs in public media and communication & development.
This is a 12-month program jointly administered by the School of Media Arts and Studies and the WOUB Public Media. The Public Media program has been ongoing since 1981 and has trained over one hundred thirty public media professionals to return to a career with specialized skills through course work in the School and professional work at WOUB.
Students in the public media program normally select an area of specialization related to media leadership & management. However, alternative areas of specialization, relevant to changes in technology and organizational structure within public media can be developed in consultation with the student's Program of Study committee. Over the year, students will receive a total stipend of $15,000 plus tuition waivers for two semesters and summer session. Room, board, general expenses, insurance, and student fees are the responsibility of the student.
Requirements for application to the program are two years of full-time work in public media and a baccalaureate degree with at least a 2.5 grade point average. No GRE required. Interested applicants should send college transcript along with a letter of intent and references to:
Public Media Program
Schoonover Center 319
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
Attn: Dr. Arthur C. Cromwell
The Communication and Development program is jointly administered by the School of Media Arts and Studies and the Center for International Studies. With a focus on communication strategies and implementation for positive social change, the Communication and Development program is unique in its approach to the study of international development. For more information, please visit the program’s home page.
Masters Examination and Thesis Options
In addition to course requirements, students in the master’s program must successfully complete either a comprehensive examination or a thesis.
COMPREHENSIVE EXAM OPTION
Fall Semester (13-17 credit hours total)
Spring Semester (12-16 credit hours total)
Course work in a student's area of specialization and outside the School as approved by their committee
Summer Semester (9-12 credit hours total)
* Thesis option requires one Theory course (either MDIA 7700 or MDIA 7720) and one Methods course (either MDIA 6020 or MDIA 6030)
During the first semester of study, master’s students select a faculty member from the School of Media Arts and Studies to serve as their advisor and chairperson of their Program committee. The committee includes a minimum of two other members, one of whom must be a MDIA faculty member with the appropriate credentials and expertise to fit the student’s interest and serve on a graduate committee. The chair assists in laying out program goals and the selection of courses in the program of study. The committee must approve the student’s program of study; and will also provide the questions and evaluate the comprehensive examination or approve the thesis proposal, conduct the defense of the thesis, and approve the final draft.