The MA in Media, Culture, and Communication is an interdisciplinary program designed to expose students to media studies, cultural studies, and communication. The program is a rigorous engagement with contemporary theory and key debates in communication, media studies, and related fields of study such as Global and Transcultural Studies, Technology and Society, Visual Culture and Cultural Studies, Persuasion and Politics, Interaction and Social Processes.
Our master’s degree students earn 36 total credits beginning with foundation courses in theory and research methods and later specializing in one of five areas of study.
The curriculum is flexible, allowing electives by advisement within NYU Steinhardt and across the University. We offer study abroad programs in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, with courses that examine global media and culture in comparative contexts.
MCC also offers a dual degree with Long Island University's Palmer School of Library and Information Science.
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.
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 - 32 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.
See details about our dual degree program of study here.
Master’s program alumni hold a wide range of positions throughout traditional and new media—in the academic, private and public sectors. Many go on to doctoral study, law, or business school. View our class notes for a selection of doctoral programs that have admitted MCC graduates.