Public Engagement

Degree Requirements

  • The Master of Arts degree is awarded for successful completion of 39 credits. All students must take two core courses: Media Theory and Media Design. They must also take at least two production (practice and project) courses and one course in research methods.

    Students can choose between the thesis and the non-thesis options to complete their degree.

    The extensive curriculum and limited number of required courses offer you many ways to design your own path through the program and enable you to sample a wide variety of subjects and approaches.

    Many students focus their studies in one of several areas of study designated by the School of Media Studies to promote sequential investigation of a particular field or theme within media studies, but students are not required to select a school-designated focus to earn the MA. Electives can include selected courses offered by other graduate programs of the university.

    The program is designed to be completed in two years and must be completed within five years.

    Course Waivers

    Students who have significant experience in Media Design may apply to have this requirement waived by submitting a course waiver form. Approval of a requirement waiver fulfills the degree requirement but does not count towards the total number of credits required for the completion of a degree. It allows a student, in consultation with his/her adviser, to select another course for the same number of credits to be taken in lieu of the waived course.

    Special Electives and Transfer Credits

    Students can apply for the transfer of up to nine graduate credits from outside the School of Media Studies to be used toward their degree credit requirements. A maximum of nine credits can be transferred from other graduate programs at The New School, and up to six of these nine credits can be transferred from another graduate institution (including institutions attended prior to The New School). These credits can be applied to seminar, production, or methods course requirements, depending on the nature and content of the course. In order to get initial approval to take courses outside of the School of Media Studies, students must submit a special electives form (PDF). Upon completion of a special elective course, students must submit a transfer of credit form (PDF) in order to apply these credits to their degree. Questions regarding the forms should be directed to the director of the MA Media Studies program and the director of Student Affairs at

    Thesis Option Non-Thesis Option
    Core Courses Core Courses
    Media Theory 3 Media Theory 3
    Media Design 3 Media Design 3
    Research Methods 3 Research Methods 3
    Seminar Courses 15-21 Seminar Courses 15-24
    Production Courses 6-12 Production Courses 6-15
    Thesis Courses
    Thesis Proposal 1
    Thesis Tutorial Lab 1
    Thesis Supervision 1
    Total 39 Total 39