Master of Arts

Media Studies at New York University

The master's program in Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) 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, media theory, visual culture, sound studies, media infrastructures, race and gender, media activism, and political communication. 

Grounded in the liberal arts and social sciences, MCC's MA program trains agile researchers, able to think critically from diverse perspectives about changing industries, technologies, and cultures. Students work closely with MCC's large and renowned media studies faculty.

While the Department's courses are primarily theoretical, the MCC program of study is flexible, allowing numerous electives from across the University to accommodate students' academic and professional trajectories—media business at NYU Stern, media law at the NYU School of Law, digital design at NYU Poly, interactive technology at NYU ITP, quantitative research methods at NYU Steinhardt, and media ethnography in NYU Anthropology are just some of the many elective options made available to MCC students. 

Media Studies in the World's Media Capital

Situated in the heart of Greenwich Village, MCC capitalizes on New York's media and cultural eminence. Students are immersed in a city teeming with creativity and innovation. With frequent guest lectures and public events, MCC serves as an intellectual hub for visiting scholars, artists, activists, and media experts. 

We also offer graduate study abroad courses in Europe, Asia, and Latin America that examine media in comparative contexts.

NYU at Weber Shandwick: Masters in Residence 

We encourage students to consider our newly launched NYU at Weber Shandwick: Masters in Residence program, designed for select students who enroll in the MA. This program aims to diversify the media sector and eliminate barriers to graduate education for historically underrepresented applicants. Partnering with global communications and engagement agency Weber Shandwick, NYU at Weber Shandwick combines academic rigor and professional application to redefine media for the 21st century.

Future Careers

Graduates of MCC's media studies program build careers as astute analyzers of the global media landscape. 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. Those who pursue doctoral study enroll in top-tier PhD programs.

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.