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About our Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in the School of Media Arts & Studies stress research, theory-making, and professional development. The School offers

Our research 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.

Our production programs focus on multidisciplinary, creative projects and project-based research. By exploring media production within content-specific areas, our students learn how to communicate as a leading-edge media professional.

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.


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:

  • International media
  • Media industries studies
  • Emerging media and culture
  • Public media

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:

  • Audio Production / Sound Design
  • Digital Games and Animation
  • Documentary Video / Audio
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Graphics
  • Interactive Media / Web Design
  • Music Production
  • Photojournalism
  • Studio Photography
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

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.