Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements

Course of study

A minimum of 90 credits hours, including:

  • The core consisting of M503 Media Theories, M502 Media Research and M555 Media Pedagogy with a grade of at least a B in each course;
  • M600 Media Arts and Sciences Colloquium for four semesters;
  • Six to 12 credits of methods courses, as approved by the student’s advisory committee;
  • Completion of a minor as required by the minor department;
  • No more than six credit hours in independent study;
  • No more than 15 credit hours in the dissertation;
  • A program of study listing all courses toward the degree, approved by the student’s committee.


Consistent with University Graduate School policy, each student must have at least one minor subject. Course work in the minor must be approved by the student’s advisory committee and must meet the requirements of the minor department.

Research skill requirement

Six to 12 credits of methods courses, as approved by the student’s advisory committee.

Qualifying examination

Four questions (four hours each, in camera) covering theory, method and two individualized areas of specialization followed by a comprehensive oral defense.


B (3.0) average or above. Any semester’s work averaging less than B will result in academic probation. The Media School evaluates each student’s progress toward the degree every year.

Advisory committee

Each student will receive initial guidance from a faculty member assigned by the director of graduate studies. By April 15 of her or his first year, each student will select an adviser and nominate an advisory committee, the latter consisting of two additional members from The Media School and one member from outside The Media School. Students who fail to file an approved Program of Study by Oct. 15 of their second year will be considered out of good academic standing.

Ph.D. Minor in Media

Doctoral students from other schools or departments may choose media as an outside minor.  A minimum of 12 credits in the school at the 500-level or above is required, including one of the core courses exclusive of the pedagogy course.

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