Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Master's Programs - Media, Culture, and Communication

The media studies master's program in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University offers a rigorous examination of topics at the intersections of media and culture. Our research and curriculum emphasize the study of global media and culture, digital media and new technologies, media history, visual culture, sound studies, media infrastructures, media activism, and political communication. 

MA students earn 36 total credits beginning with theory and research methods core courses and later specializing in one of five areas of studyGlobal and Transcultural Studies, Technology and Society, Visual Culture and Cultural Studies, Persuasion and Politics, Interaction and Social Processes.

The curriculum is flexible, allowing electives by advisement across the University. We run study abroad courses in Europe, Asia, and Latin America that examine global media and culture in comparative contexts.

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MCC also offers a dual degree with Long Island University's Palmer School of Library and Information Science. 

What You'll Learn

You will work with leading faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, and learn to: 

  • Synthesize historical relevance, common narratives, and compelling theory to illustrate mastery of a specific area of study
  • Conduct original research; find gaps within current media and communication research; develop research questions and make projections for future research
  • Display fluency in core texts and scholarly literature, contemporary theory, and key debates in media, culture, and communication
  • Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills, accessing and analyzing information from various media, including primary, print, audiovisual, and digital sources
Future Careers

Graduates of MCC's MA program build careers as astute analyzers of the media environment, able to think critically and deeply about a rapidly shifting landscape. Our MA alumni find themselves well positioned for careers in both the public and private sectors— working in traditional and new media, research and policy, at cultural institutions and media start-ups. Many go on to doctoral study.