The electronic media production program gives students a unique opportunity to pursue a graduate degree that is focused on practical electronic media production skills while also learning to conduct original research. CMU’s Master of Arts in Electronic Media Production is one of few programs in the country that teaches students advanced audio and video production skills along with traditionally-focused theoretical coursework. This program is designed for students who wish to teach electronic media production at a university or community college, oversee a campus media outlet as a university staffer, or work in the electronic media industry doing audio and/or video production.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
CMU's program offers several graduate assistantship opportunities for incoming graduate students. Currently 16 students receive full funding as teaching graduate assistants in the Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts program. Graduate assistants receive opportunities to teach laboratory sections, assist professors with classroom teaching and work directly with students via co-curricular organizations.
In addition, students have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including two HD FM radio stations with supporting production facilities, a complete electronic cinematography production unit, a 3-camera HD television studio, a digital newsroom with three video editing stations and an AV-6 based audio recording studio.
Admission to the MA in Electronic Media Studies program requires:
- A completed undergraduate degree in broadcasting, film studies or an associated discipline (usually 30 semester hours of study related to mass media);
- a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7;
- a skills-based resume; and
- a demo reel of audio and/or video production work.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or significant undergraduate coursework in mass communication, cinema studies, speech, or literary studies. To receive regular admission to the program, a student must attain an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. All students applying to the Electonic Media Production concentration in BCA must submit a skills-based resume and a demo reel of their best audio and/or video production work with their application.
International applicants must present a TOEFL score of at least 550 (213 CBT or 79 Internet, or IELTS of 6.5) to take graduate coureses in BCA. Applicants with scores below these levels will be tested by CMU's English Language Institute (ELI) and may need to take ELI courses before they begin their BCA coursework.
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To graduate, students must complete 33 credit hours of coursework, which includes a thesis or research paper. Both the thesis and the paper must be defended successfully to a committee of faculty advisors, and both options require original research.
This master's degree program is part of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts,
and is housed within CMU's College of the Arts and Media.