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The Masters Degree

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.

Public Media Masters

Inaugurated in 1981, Ohio University’s Public Media Master’s Program is designed for mid-career professionals interested in public media project development through community collaboration, project r/d., and hands-on media production. The program is administered by the School of Media Arts & Studies. MDIA collaborates with the WOUB Center for Public Media, MDIA’s MFA program, Games Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, Alden Library’s Mahn Center, and the Athens Historical Society. The Public Media Program allows students to deepen their skillsets in advanced production-collaborations, specialized coursework geared to the development of documentary projects of region and place. Public Media students will be assigned to work 15 hours per week on designated projects. The program will have limited space available in the academic year 2019-2020.

Current requirements for application to the program: two years’ full-time work in a community or public media facility, and a baccalaureate degree with at least a 2.5 grade point average. There is no GRE requirement. 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. Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, May 6, 2019.

Applicants should send a resume’, portfolio, college transcripts along with a letter of intent, and three references to:

Public Media Program

Schoonover Center 319

Ohio University

Athens, Ohio 45701

Attn: Dr. Arthur C. Cromwell

Communication and Development Studies Masters

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.

M.A. Typical Program of Study Outlines (36 CREDIT HOURS)

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM OPTION
Fall Semester (13-17 credit hours total)

  1. MDIA 6000, Introduction to Graduate Study (1 credit hour)
  2. MDIA 6010, Introduction to Mass Communication Research
  3. plus 8-12 additional credit hours (two to three additional courses) from a student's area of specialization and/or appropriate courses outside the School

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)

  1. Courses as needed to fulfill any remaining requirements in student's area of specialization (minimum of 24 credit hours required) or outside area (minimum of two courses required).
  2. Completion of the comprehensive exam

THESIS OPTIOIN

Fall Semester

  1. MDIA 6000, Introduction to Graduate Study
  2. MDIA 6010, Introduction to Mass Communication Research
  3. MDIA 7700, Mass Communication Theory*
  4. 3-8 additional credit hours (one to two additional courses) from a student's area of specialization and/or outside the School

Spring Semester

  1. MDIA 6020, Quantitative Research Methods; OR MDIA 6030, Qualitative Research Methods
  2. MDIA 7720, Critical-Cultural Theory*
  3. plus 7-12 additional credit hours (two to three additional courses) from a student's area of specialization and/or outside the School

* Thesis option requires one Theory course (either MDIA 7700 or MDIA 7720) and one Methods course (either MDIA 6020 or MDIA 6030)

Summer Semester

  1. MDIA 6950, Thesis (4-9 credit hours)
  2. Courses as needed to fulfill any remaining requirements in student's area of specialization (minimum of 12 credit hours required) or outside area (minimum of two courses required).

Masters Advisory Committee

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.