2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media Studies, MA


Bradley Gorham, Director of Media Studies Program
318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-3372, masscomm@syr.edu


See Faculty for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications  

This program emphasizes media processes and effects. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, political communication, social effects, and media and diversity. This program stresses media theory and research, with students exploring a topic of their choosing in a culminating thesis. It is excellent preparation for more advanced study at the doctoral level or for research-oriented jobs in the private or public sector.

This 36-credit program leads to a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Media Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the comprehensive Newhouse School learning outcomes listed in the School’s Educational Mission  , students in the Media Studies program are expected to achieve the following additional learning outcomes:

1. Apply the core communication theories and concepts of mediated communications

2. Apply the key qualitative and quantitative research methods used in the field of communications

3. Recognize the role of contemporary media systems and processes in society and culture

4. Recognize the basic principles of the First Amendment and communications law

5. Recognize the role of media in a diverse and global environment

6. Complete and write - in the appropriate style - an original research project that fulfills the requirements for a Master’s thesis


Three credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework in media skills. Extensive professional experience can be substituted by petition.

Electives 9 Credits (Choose Three)

Elective courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor from the broad range of graduate offerings in the Newhouse School and the University at large.

Thesis (3 Credits)

Total: 36 credits