Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Master's Programs - Media, Culture, and Communication

The MA 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 industries and infrastructures, media activism, and political communication. 

MA students earn 36 total credits beginning with theory and research methods courses and later specializing in one of five areas of study: Global 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 offer 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. 

Program of Study

Current students can track their progress using our program checklist.

  • Required courses: MCC-GE 2001 Media, Culture, and Communication Core Seminar and a research methods course.
  • Area of study coursework: 16 - 29 credits of in-department courses with a minimum of 12 credits from one area of study.
  • Electives: 0 - 12 credits outside the Department may be taken as electives, chosen by advisement. Electives are approved courses taken in other departments and/or internship credit
  • Required culminating experience: 0 - 4 credits
    The culminating experience options include: MCC-GE 2900 MA Thesis, MCC-GE 2174 Professional Writing and Research Applications, or a comprehensive exam. A thesis is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing doctoral study.
  • Total credits required: A minimum of 36 credits beyond a recognized bachelor's degree.


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.

Program Objectives

A Media, Culture, and Communication master’s student will be able to:

  • 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
  • Present in-depth information from relevant sources that will demonstrate critical thinking and application of media, culture and communication on a national and global scale
  • Synthesize historical relevance, common narratives, and compelling theory in their writing to illustrate mastery of a specific area of study: Global and Transcultural Studies, Technology and Society, Visual Culture and Cultural Studies, Persuasion and Politics, or Interaction and Social Processes
  • Conduct original research; find gaps within current media and communication research; establish a research question of their own and make projections for future research – all to further the knowledge base.