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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Media and Cinema Studies (MCS) requires 12 courses (48-credit hours): three core courses, six MCS electives, one production elective, and two graduate electives inside or outside of the program.

Core Courses

Students are required to take all of the following:

Elective Courses

Choose nine from the list below, one of which needs to be a production course*:

Media Production Electives**

* With approval of the graduate program director, students can take up to two relevant elective courses from other College of Communication graduate programs or relevant elective courses from other graduate departments/programs outside of the College of Communication. 

**With approval of the graduate program director, students can take their production course in a related topic from outside of the program.  If a student takes a production course outside of the program, it will be counted as one of the two out-of-program courses.

Comprehensive Final Examination or Project/Thesis

Students in the Master of Arts in Media and Cinema Studies complete their degree requirements by passing a comprehensive final examination. Students who attain a 3.7 GPA or higher and obtain prior approval from the graduate program director have the option to complete a culminating project or thesis instead of the comprehensive exam. Students completing a project or thesis will enroll in MCS 599 as their 12th and final course in the quarter they defend their project/thesis.

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their graduate courses to remain in good academic standing. Students who do not meet this minimum cumulative requirement will be placed on academic probation and will be expected to attain the minimum cumulative requirement within two quarters. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.​​​

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