It is the mission of Media, Culture, and Communication Advising to support students in their academic, professional, and personal development while also empowering them to take responsibility for their own growth in these areas. The advising team carries out this mission by incorporating the Guiding Principles of Advisement in Steinhardt.
Primary Advisor Meetings: Students may make an appointment to meet with their primary advisor to discuss their program of study or to solve complex registration issues. Primary advising meetings are also appropriate for discussing academic and professional goals, planning for the culminating experience, and addressing personal issues that may arise. Advisors are available for appointments year-round.
Walk-In Advising: If students need to address a basic registration issue, such as submitting required forms, questions about Full Time Equivalency, or obtaining an advisor signature, they are welcome to meet with either advisor during walk-in hours.
Email Guidelines and Best Practices: Please follow the tips below for email guidelines and best practices when working with MCC advisors:
- Make sure to read NYU email regularly. Both MCC and the University send important instructions for registration, graduation dates, financial notices, requirements, and more!
- The standard response time for email is 1-2 business days. Please keep in mind that responses may take longer during busy times of the academic calendar (registration, graduation, etc.).
- MCC Office hours are 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday. Emails will be answered during these hours.
- Email inquiries should be sent to students' primary advisors.
- Students should not email the same inquiry to multiple advisors and/or faculty members. If you would like multiple people to receive the same inquiry, please include them all on the same email.
- Include a meaningful subject line. For example: Use “Fall 2014 Full-Time Equivalency Request” not “Quick Question!”
- Consider scheduling an appointment for complex questions that can be better addressed in person.
Each term, students must be in touch with their primary advisor to obtain registration clearance. Students are responsible for monitoring all registration deadlines, meeting all degree requirements, and remaining on track for graduation. Registration deadlines are posted on the University Registrar’s academic calendar.
First year students must meet with their advisor in person, and should come to pre-registration advising appointments prepared with a proposed list of courses along with updates about the degree completion trajectory. Second year students have the option of meeting with their advisor in person or via email.
Students wishing to complete this process via email should send his/her advisor a list of proposed classes and a semester-by-semester plan for completing the degree. This should include plans for the culminating project.
Rising second-year students are encouraged to keep in mind that the number of credits taken can impact financial aid packages, visa status, and/or student standing. For this reason, MCC graduate advisors highly encourage in-person consultations when a student:
- Plans to write a thesis next year
- Is applying for PhD programs
- Has a scholarship, or is taking loans and will be enrolled in fewer than 12 credits
- Is an international student
- Wants help in mapping out an academic plan
Appointments to meet with Graduate Advisors fill up quickly during the busy registration period. Students are encouraged to schedule registration appointments in advance.
Registering for Classes with Albert
Once students have obtained advisor clearance, they are eligible to register via NYU’s registration system called Albert. Albert is available through students' NYUHome account. Albert allows users to access various features, including the Course Search function; registration time and status; schedule and transcript; course availability. For step-by-step directions on navigating Albert, please refer to the following links:
Other registration and academic forms are available here.
Registration and New Student Materials
- MA Handbook
- Program Checklist
- Request for Graduate Transfer Credit
- Business Card Request Form
- Stern School of Business Cross Registration Form
- Full/Half-Time Equivalency
- Independent Study Form
MA Culminating Experience
Master’s students must complete a required culminating experience in order to graduate; Students can apply for the Thesis (3.75 minimum GPA) or the Professional Writing course, or select the MA Exam. Guidelines for each selection are available in the following documents:
- MA Exam Information
- MA Thesis Guide
- MA Thesis Application
- MA Thesis Abstracts
- Thesis Final Approval Form (please note: MCC students are not required to obtain a second reader signature).
Professional and Career Resources
The Department has compiled suggestions for MCC students beginning the job search.
- Mitchell Leaska Scholarship Application MCC graduate students are eligible to apply for the Mitchell Leaska Scholarship to support the preparation and presentation of original scholarly work at conferences. (Please note: Students can only receive this award one time during their academic tenure at NYU Steinhardt.)
- Additional Funding Sources
- The NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development offers extensive career services. Wasserman's Graduate Student Career Development Center focuses on the needs of graduate students in their career and future academic planning. Create a CareerNet account to register for career-related events on campus and to access NYU's job board and more information about Graduate Career Events!