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Humanities - Film and Media Study

University at Buffalo

18 months
23100 USD/year
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Humanities - Film and Media Study program of the University at Buffalo is particularly suited to students wishing to combine their interest in film and media study with a secondary academic area in the humanities.


The individually designed unique Humanities - Film and Media Study program of the University at Buffalo allows a student to pursue up to 18 credits in Film and Media Study while also studying related interests in a secondary field. This degree allows for broad “crossover” research and is useful in many professional lines of work. The degree is also useful for students from other fields who wish to prepare for subsequent PhD work in the Department of Media Study.

Learning Environment

Students have a large degree of freedom in choosing their individual program as they combine courses in film and media with a humanities discipline. Graduate courses in Media Study are small, and students have the opportunity to form an in depth working relationship with one or more faculty members who share mutual interests. DMS courses include: film and video production, film studies, media studies, interactive media, computational media and physical computing, media networks and web-based media.

Students complete 12-18 graduate level credits in Media Study with an additional 12 credits from a secondary UB humanities department that complements the student’s interest in Film and Media Study. Students may also take several elective credits; the final six credits in the degree go to project supervision in which one faculty advisor from Media Study and one from their other area supervise the student’s culminating research project. Early in the program, students choose one faculty member in the Department of Media Study to be their primary mentor and advisor who will guide their coursework and research interests.

Later in the program, the student picks a secondary faculty advisor from the secondary discipline. The relative freedom in choosing curriculum in conjunction with the close relationship with faculty combine to make this MAH degree a rewarding experience. While it is possible to complete the program in one and a half years (3 semesters), many students choose to take two years to finish.

Programme Structure

Students pursuing the MAH degree must complete 36 credits distributed as follows:

  • Film and Media Study
  • Secondary Humanities Field
  • Electives
  • Project Supervision

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for the Master of Arts in Humanities (MAH) should show strong academic potential and a desire to combine the pursuit of knowledge in media arts with substantial coursework in a secondary field
  • Statement of Purpose This should be a one to two-page outline of the student’s academic and research interests which they plan to pursue in the program. It is also beneficial for the student to include the secondary field related to Media Study that they plan to pursue in graduate work.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional personal website - May include writing samples and creative work
  • TOEFL Scores
  • Passport Bio-Page
  • International Applicant Financial Form (IAFF)
  • The graduate application fee is $75 U.S.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5655 USD per semester during 18 months.

Living costs for Buffalo

920 - 1560 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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