24 months
1480 USD/credit 26640 USD/year
1480 USD/credit 26640 USD/year
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In the two-year M.A. Film Studies program at Chapman University, students take courses that establish the key academic methods in the fields of film and media studies, with the opportunity to personalize their degree with a choice of electives.


Key facts

In the second year, students work with faculty to write their Master’s thesis. At the end of the M.A. program, students present an oral defense of their thesis.

The Film Studies program offered by Chapman University is unique because it is a research based Master’s degree where students develop an original thesis with strong support from faculty. Faculty have mentored student theses on such topics as film and television theory, politics and film, women in film, American cinema, Asian cinema, media historiography, film archiving and preservation, archival and primary research, psychoanalysis and cinema, transnational cinema, and new media studies. Graduates of the program have continued on to pursue the following: teaching positions in community colleges and high schools, enrollment in Ph.D. programs, film criticism and journalism, film festival programming, film archiving and preservation.

Students have the opportunity to apply for conference funding and research support, which can be connected to the workshop of their M.A. thesis. In addition, students can apply for competitive research assistantships.

Learning Outcomes

In mastering the curriculum of the M.A. in Film Studies, students will:

  • Identify different theoretical approaches to film studies and apply them to analyze film(s)
  • Compare different filmmaking traditions of national/regional cinemas in a global context
  • Apply primary research skills at archives and libraries for a historical analysis paper
  • Construct a thesis project that engages with major research/analytical tools of the discipline

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Survey of American Cinema
  • Survey of World Cinema
  • Film Historiography
  • Contemporary Television Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Creative Supplement
  • Official copy of your undergraduate transcript from your degree-granting institution

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1480 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    26640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1480 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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