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MA, Media, Culture, and Communication

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Areas of Study

The MA program offers five research areas, which operate as guiding frameworks for intellectual inquiry across the Department.

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Degree Requirements

Required Courses

You are required to take the Media, Culture, and Communication Core Seminar (MCC-GE 2001) in your first semester of study. This core seminar is only offered during the Fall semester and introduces you to the field by examining theoretical approaches that are central to the study of media, culture, and communication.

You must take one 3-4 credit research course before graduating. MCC courses designated “Research Course” (or approved elective courses offered through other NYU departments) may be applied towards this requirement. Research Courses with an MCC Area of Study designation may simultaneously be allocated as a Research Course and as a course within an Area of Study.

Area of Study Coursework

At least 16 credits must be MCC coursework. Of those credits, at least 12 must be taken within one Area of Study: Global Communication and Media, Visual Culture and Sound Studies, Interaction and Experience, Media Industries and Politics, Technology and Society.


MCC internship credit, non-MCC study abroad courses, and/or graduate-level classes offered by another NYU department may be allocated as electives toward the MCC MA degree. In order to qualify as an elective, a class offered by an outside department must be:

  • graduate-level
  • directly related to your course of study
  • approved by the MCC graduate advisors

In the past, students have successfully found suitable elective classes in the following schools within NYU: Tisch School of the Arts, the School of Professional Studies (SPS), Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS), the Law School, and The Stern School of Business.

MA Culminating Experience

You must complete a required culminating experience in order to graduate; You may choose to apply for the Thesis (3.75 minimum GPA), Professional Writing course, or the MA Exam.

MA Exam

The MCC exam offers you an opportunity to synthesize your coursework and write about your understanding of significant scholarship in communication, media studies, and related fields acquired during your MA career. 

MA Professional Writing and Research Applications

Professional Writing and Research Applications (MCC-GE 2174) is offered every Fall, and enrollment is available through application only. This course functions like a writer's workshop. You are expected to be actively engaged in reading and responding to each other's work. 

MA Thesis

View previous MA Thesis Abstracts.

The MCC MA thesis is a piece of original scholarship written under the guidance of an MCC Faculty advisor. If you wish to complete a thesis, you must have a minimum 3.75 GPA and the commitment of a faculty advisor. MCC offers a thesis class in the fall to guide you through the thesis writing process. This course is not required in order to pursue a Thesis.