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Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts program of San Francisco State University reflects a comprehensive view of the communication discipline with an integration of theory and practice. Emphasis areas include media aesthetics, audio and video production, news and documentary, interactive media, writing, management, and communication theory and criticism.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply aesthetic theory to the practice of media production.
  • Use effective communication strategies, including media terminology as appropriate, in the creation and analysis of electronic and digital media content.
  • Integrate research-related media theory into the conception and distribution of media content.
  • Conceptualize, design, and write stories for electronic and digital media.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental and advanced media production concepts and techniques. 
  • Analyze and write about electronic and digital media’s role in and impact on culture and society.
  • Critically evaluate business trends and the legal and regulatory frameworks of electronic and digital media industries.
  • Promote ethical standards and social justice in the creation and distribution of electronic and digital media. 

Career paths

Graduates of the department are to be found working in media organizations around the world and include some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television, radio, and audio and video production. The long-term career outlook for graduates is excellent. Most seek work with radio and television stations, social media and Internet companies, audio and video production companies, networks, cable television companies, and in corporate and institutional media departments.

Many graduates continue their education and pursue advanced degrees in communication or related fields. Students with the appropriate credential or graduate degrees in broadcast and electronic communication arts may teach in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, or universities. A significant number of the department's M.A. graduates have competed successfully for admission to the leading doctoral programs in the field of communication.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Formula and Creativity in the Public Arts
  • Ethics and Responsibility in Electronic Media
  • Seminar in Media Aesthetics and Production Theory
  • Seminar in Media and Society
  • Readings for the Written Comprehensive Examination
  • Culminating Experience Examination

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A CV or resume
  • Applicant's statement of purpose in pursuing the M.A. degree
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a former teacher
  • A 500-word writing sample
  • Transcripts of all previous college work
  • GRE scores
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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