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MA, Media, Culture, and Communication

MCC Graduate Curriculum

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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Graduate Coursework

Our curriculum foregrounds the study of global media and culture, digital media and new technologies, media history and theory, visual culture, race, and politics.

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Degree Requirements

Required Courses

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

You must also take one 3-4 credit designated Research Course.

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.


You are allowed 0-12 elective credits. Internship credit, non-MCC study abroad courses, and/or graduate-level classes offered by another NYU department can be considered electives. 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, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, the Law School, and the Stern School of Business.

MA Culminating Experience

You must complete a culminating experience (0-4 credits) in order to graduate. You will meet this requirement by applying either 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 an optional thesis class in the fall to guide you through the thesis writing process.

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Media, Culture, and Communication

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