Graduate Programs

A multidisciplinary approach to the study of media

The research and creative activities of our graduate students span multiple disciplines, approaches and fields of study.

We have humanities scholars who take critical, cultural, theoretical and historical perspectives on film and media. We have social scientists who examine the psychology and sociology of media effects, the processes of communication and the economics of media industries. We have legal experts who study and influence media policy. And we have media professionals — journalists, game designers, filmmakers, scriptwriters and more — people who have made a name for themselves in their industries and who continue to create in our world-class facilities.

Our graduate program gives you the opportunity to dive deeply into your disciplinary focus, but also provides a space in which you can explore meaningful multidisciplinary discussions and collaborations. These discussions and collaborations are at work in and across The Media School’s four faculty units, its areas of research and creative activity, and its many in-house and affiliated centers, institutes and programs.

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We also offer a Ph.D. minor in media arts and sciences available for students outside of The Media School.

Learn about the Ph.D. minor

Resources for research and creative activity

Centers and institutes

We are home to several centers and institutes that focus on specific areas of study and fields of expertise — expanding your opportunities for research, education and internships.

  • Black Film Center/Archive
  • Center for Documentary Research and Practice
  • Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies
  • Institute for Communication Research
  • Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism
  • National Sports Journalism Center
  • Observatory on Social Media
Explore our centers and institutes

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