Media, Culture, and Communication (MA)

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Program Description

The MA in Media, Culture, and Communication is an interdisciplinary program designed to expose students to media and cultural studies. The program is a rigorous engagement with contemporary theory and key debates, with particular emphasis in the areas of Global Communication and Media, Visual Culture and Sound Studies, Interaction and Experience, Media Industries and Politics, and Technology and Society.

The curriculum is flexible, allowing electives by advisement from across the University. Master’s students are encouraged to participate in academic conferences, enroll in graduate courses abroad, and intern at leading media and cultural institutions. The department has a robust list of internship partners and is dedicated to building relationships with professional organizations in New York City and beyond.

Career Opportunities

Trained to think analytically, Media, Culture, and Communication MA alumni are well positioned for careers in both the public and private sectors, working in traditional and new media, research and policy, at cultural institutions and media start-ups. Many go on to doctoral study.

Special Opportunities

Students attend special events throughout the year and can apply to present their original research at the department’s annual Neil Postman Graduate Conference. Internships in a wide array of media and communication positions are available to master’s students through the department’s online internship database. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the full academic and professional resources of the University and metropolitan area.

The University and department offer graduate summer and January intersession study-abroad programs to explore globalization, global visual culture, and media and culture in other countries.

Locations have included Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Prague, and Shanghai.

These courses typically examine the social, economic, political, and cultural implications of global media and culture in relation to the site of study. Courses integrate lectures, seminars, and site visits and deploy a comparative approach. Courses vary year to year. Recent topics have included Race and Media (London); Migration, Media, and the Global City (Berlin); Producing French Culture (Paris); Visual Culture of Memory (Buenos Aires).


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.