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Media literacy is essential to living and working in our rapidly evolving, digitally connected world. Through our small, seminar-style classes, led by accomplished faculty, students will develop a deep understanding of media theory, media law, media management, digital environments, and more. Students gain in-depth knowledge of television, radio, and digital media industries as well key critical, theoretical, and research perspectives on media more broadly.
The Master of Science in Media Studies Program gives students a solid understanding of how media operates socially, culturally, legally, and as a business. Our program prepares students for a range of careers within the media industry as well as for continuing study in communications and media doctoral programs.
The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.
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.
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. General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section “Admission.” 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.
Keep in mind: We are assessing your institutional fit—how you will benefit from our program and how and what you will contribute to our learning community. We strongly suggest that you review the descriptions of our program, curriculum, and faculty, and encourage you to use this content in your writing statements. The strongest statements of purpose will integrate the answers to the below questions into a well-written coherent personal essay (rather than treating them like a questionnaire).
30 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, Radio & Emerging Media 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, Radio & Emerging Media 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:
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:
Students in both tracks are encouraged to take the following:
Students are also eligible to take as electives the following two television production courses: Television, Radio & Emerging Media 7730X and 7740G. Television, Radio & Emerging Media 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.”
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
E-mail MJ Robinson with questions.
Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.
303b Whitehead Hall
222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
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To make an appointment with a graduate admissions counselor, visit:
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Brooklyn College is an integral part of the cultural and artistic energy of New York City. Our faculty members in Television, Radio & Emerging Media offer incomparable expertise and tremendous talent, and each bring a unique perspective to their teaching and mentoring in and out of the classroom.
Faculty from the Television, Radio and Emerging Media Department, along with staff from the Magner Career Center, work diligently to gives students in the media studies M.S. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:
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