The electronic media studies program gives students a unique opportunity to pursue a flexible graduate degree that they can tailor to their own interests. All students are required to take media theory and methods coursework at the graduate level, but beyond that, students can focus on a range of theoretical and/or practical coursework. With the help of the graduate advisor, programs can be designed to help someone who wants to move on to a terminal degree program, move into a teaching position or return to or enter the industry.
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 Broadcast 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, both in the classroom and in co-curricular organizations, 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; and
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or significant undergraduate coursework in mass communication. To receive regular admission to the program, a student must attain an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
International applicants must present a TOEFL score of at least 550 (213 CBT or 79 Internet, or IELTS of 6.5) to take graduate courses 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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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.