The Master of Arts in Media Studies and Production is a 36-credit program integrating conceptual and practical study to prepare students for careers in media analysis, creation, and management or further academic study. Our students are activists, media makers and researchers who engage with media through a variety of lenses—cultural, economic, historical, legal, psychological and technological.
Our alumni work as successful consultants, managers, media content producers, researchers and writers around the world.
Temple University’s Master of Arts in Media Studies and Production is a flexible program available for part- and full-time students who want to pursue hands-on learning and critical engagement with media at one of the nation’s leading research institutions. Students may complete internships, undertake professional media training or advance toward a doctoral program.
Students will have access to a diverse community of companies, organizations, and professionals for a future in media-related industries or advanced education.
The MA in Media Studies & Production gives you access to local and global internships, jobs, production outlets, and research opportunities.
Gain hands-on, high-level industry experience through our award-winning, student-run media: Bell Tower Music, TUTV and WHIP radio.
Whether you want to run a digital publication, teach at the college level, work on a local radio show or pursue any number of career paths in the media industry, the Master of Arts Program in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple may be tailored to your interests and career goals. Personalized research opportunities and our curriculum will provide you with both professional and scholarly opportunities in
- Media Production and Business or
- Communication Scholarship.
The Klein College Master of Arts in Media Studies and Production prepares students for careers in emerging media, management, production, industry policy and consulting, including positions as
- community activists;
- corporate, educational or nonprofit communication producers;
- digital media consultants;
- market research analysts;
- marketing professionals;
- media analysts, buyers, and consultants;
- operators or owners of production companies or recording studios;
- operators or owners of channels, networks or stations;
- recording engineers;
- writers; and
Situated in the media-rich job market of Philadelphia, Klein College graduates have direct access to some of the largest and most well-respected media companies. To make an appointment to discuss your job and career opportunities, visit Klein Connect, our exclusive internship and job portal.
MA students may pursue scholarly opportunities in Klein College’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Media and Communication program, which offers a strong foundation in research and methodology in preparation for a career in higher education.
Media Studies and Production Classes
As a Media Studies and Production master’s program student, you’ll get scholarly and professional training in several areas of study, with a general foundation in communication theory and methodology.
In this concentration, introductory, intermediate and advanced courses are offered in the following areas of study:
- Institutions - Learn the economics, history, law, policy, and regulation that pertain to media and new technology industries in both national and international contexts.
- Social Processes - Explore the cultural, political, psychological and sociological aspects of media and communications technologies, particularly in terms of their impact on everyday life.
- Organizations and Networks - Analyze the behavior and management of communication systems, particularly in terms of media industries and institutions.
Media Production and Business
In preparation for a professional career, students can build a product portfolio and enhance their understanding of media management, business and research.
Students will access:
- The fourth-largest media market in the nation and an ideal location to study and produce media.
- Internships with most of the major media entities in the region.
- Opportunities for practical experience with student-run media outlets including TUTV, Bell Tower Music, OwlSports Update and WHIP
Plus One Option
The Plus One program enables Media Studies and Production majors and Communication Studies majors to pursue a Master of Arts in Media Studies and Production in an additional year. Students begin taking graduate courses during the second semester of junior year that count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After earning a bachelor’s degree, students can complete graduate course work the following year, including two summer semesters.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36
- MSP 5011 Introduction to Communication Concepts
- MSP 5114 Communication Research Methods
- MSP 9845 Masters Colloquium
Select at least one of the following:
- MSP 5021 Media Institutions
- MSP 5042 Media Technology and Culture
Courses in Area of Concentration
- MSP 9333 Master Colloq/Comp Exam
- or MSP 9996 MA Thesis/Project
Letters of Reference: Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty, professional supervisors, or others familiar with the applicant's academic or professional competence. At least one letter should be from an academic reference.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree in Communication, Media Studies, or the Humanities or Social Sciences is required.
Statement of Goals: In approximately 1,000 words, explain:
- How the M.A. in Media Studies and Production will advance your research goals, career goals, and intellectual objectives; and
- Your interests, experiences, and academic or research achievements that you will bring to the program.
This statement will be used to assess your institutional fit, i.e., how you will benefit from our program and what you will contribute to our learning community. Toward this end, please review the descriptions of our program, curriculum, and faculty, and incorporate this content into your statement. The strongest statement will integrate your answers to the above prompts into a coherent essay.
Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: Optional. Scores that are submitted are preferred to be at least 60% verbal and at least 25% quantitative. A writing score of at least 3.5 is recommended.
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:
- TOEFL iBT: 100
- IELTS Academic: 7.0
- PTE Academic: 68
Resume: Current professional resume or CV required.
Writing Sample/Production Portfolio: If you elect to not submit GRE scores, you are required to submit one of the options below so that your readiness and ability/potential to engage rigorously with graduate-level work can be assessed:
- A formal academic paper from your undergraduate work that represents your best academic writing. Please include a cover sheet on which you indicate:
- your name,
- the institution where you took the course for which the paper was produced,
- the course number and title of the course for which the paper was written,
- the professor for whom you wrote the paper, and
- the term in which you took the course.
- Professional writing samples that you produced in a professional capacity, such as published news articles or press releases. Please include a cover sheet indicating in what publication and on what date the material was published.
- A production portfolio that includes professionally or academically produced video, audio, or web material. Please indicate your role in the production, where the material was produced, and the date.