Curriculum

Media Studies offers an academic research track and a professional research track.

The academic research track is designed for students wanting to continue on to pursue a Ph.D..

The professional research track is designed to better prepare students for research-oriented jobs.

Students do not have to declare their preferred track until after the first year, although their eventual selection will impact their choice of classes.

Media Studies Master’s Schedule – Academic Research Track

Theory Courses (6 credits)

COM 755Communications Theory
COM 788Theories of Media Content

Methods Courses (6 credits)

COM 605Quantitative Methods for Mass Communications Research
COM 606Qualitative Methods for Mass Communications Research

Media Law (Choose one, 3 credits)*

COM 697Advertising & Public Relations Law OR
COM 698Media Law OR
TRF 637Telecommunications Law & Policy

Diversity Course (3 credits)

COM 646Media and Diversity

Thesis (3 credits)
Requisite

Electives (Choose two, 6 credits)

Elective courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser and be relevant to the student’s course of study. Courses may include those offered in Newhouse, or elsewhere in the University.

Newhouse Research/Perspective Courses (Choose two, 6 credits)

ADV 645International Advertising
COM 600Selected Topics
COM 688Origins of Contemporary Media Issues
COM 740Topics in Research Communications
ICC 617Issues in Media Management
TRF 592Film Business
TRF 594Television Business
TRF 595Programming and Audience Analysis
TRF 600 Selected Topics
TRF 636Critical and Historical Perspectives on Television, Radio and Film
TRF 683Communications Industry Frontiers

Required Non-Credit Experiences (0 credits)

COM 701Proseminar for Graduate Study

Optional Benchmark (0 credits)**

Research benchmark trip

Total credits for program: 36

* Note: If students took a comparable media law class as an undergraduate and passed it with at least a B, they could waive the law requirement and take an additional elective.

** Research Benchmark trip:  This would be optional for academic-track students, and it would occur during Spring semester in New York City (and utilize the Fisher Center). Like other Newhouse benchmark trips, the purpose is to connect our students to professionals in NYC to hear firsthand what those industries are looking for from graduates.

Media Studies Master’s Schedule – Professional Research Track

Theory Courses (6 credits)

COM 755Communications Theory
COM 788Theories of Media Content

Methods Courses (6 credits)

COM 605Quantitative Methods for Mass Communications Research
COM 606Qualitative Methods for Mass Communications Research

Media Law (Choose one, 3 credits)*

COM 697Advertising & Public Relations Law OR
COM 698Media Law OR
TRF 637Telecommunications Law & Policy

Diversity Course (3 credits)

COM 646Media and Diversity

Research Design Course (3 credits)

COM 601Research Project Design

Electives (Choose two, 6 credits)

Elective courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser and be relevant to the student’s course of study. Courses may include those offered in Newhouse, or elsewhere in the University.

Newhouse Research/Perspective Courses (Choose two, 6 credits)

COM 628Social Media Strategy and Practice
COM 630Topics in Digital Media Content Strategies
COM 634Trendspotting in Digital Media
COM 647Applied Media Research
ICC 606Applied Research in Content Management
ICC 617Issues in Media Management
TRF 592Film Business
TRF 594Television Business
TRF 595Programming and Audience Analysis
TRF 696 Research for Entertainment Media
Statistics Course

Required Non-Credit Experiences (0 credits)

COM 701Proseminar for Graduate Study
Research Benchmark Trip

Total credits for program: 36

* Note: If students took a comparable media law class as an undergraduate and passed it with at least a B, they could waive the law requirement and take an additional elective.

** Research Benchmark trip:  This would be optional for academic-track students, and it would occur during Spring semester in New York City (and utilize the Fisher Center). Like other Newhouse benchmark trips, the purpose is to connect our students to professionals in NYC to hear firsthand what those industries are looking for from graduates.