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Media Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
The Master of Arts program in Media Studies at The New School offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in media theory, design, and practice with an emphasis on the production of video, audio, and web-based media.


Gain experience in creative media making, critical analysis and reflection, and entrepreneurialism and management - guided by a faculty that includes noted filmmakers, researchers, designers, and scholars. Designed to accommodate working students, this flexible program enables you to study full-time or part-time, onsite in New York, or online from anywhere.

Part of the School of Media Studies (SMS) at The New School, the graduate program in Media Studies reflects the university's historical commitment to progressive education, an activist orientation, and the advancement of global perspectives.

Connected to New York City

The New School's location in a world media capital offers you access to internships, new career paths, and diverse academic, cultural, and industry events, organizations, and people. The program regularly schedules networking opportunities with alumni and media professionals in New York City.

Career Paths

Media Studies graduates work in a wide range of fields, including advertising, journalism, TV and radio, online media, media research, social advocacy, and education. Many students launch new careers as filmmakers, designers, and interactive media artists. For students who seek to continue into a PhD program, the MA thesis option provides the opportunity to do original research under the direction of a full-time faculty advisor.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding Media Studies
  • Media Theory
  • Media Design
  • Methods Courses
  • Media Practices: Design
  • Media Practices: Time-Based
  • Media Practices: Film Form
  • Media Practices: Interactive
  • Project-Based Courses
For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Evening, Weekday, Flexible
  • Credits
    39 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Required Application Materials
  • Application

Complete the online application.

  • Application fee

A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application.

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of purpose
  • Résumé
  • Test scores
  • Writing sample (optional, though strongly encouraged)
  • Creative sample (optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1510 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1510 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1510 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1510 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based partial scholarships. 

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