The New School for Public Engagement- School of Media Studies

Why you should consider this program

The Master of Arts program in Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in media theory, design, and practice with an emphasis on the production of video, audio, and Web-based media. Students gain experience in creative media making, critical analysis and reflection, and entrepreneurialism and management - guided by a faculty that includes noted filmmakers, researchers, designers, and scholars. Designed to accommodate working students, this flexible program enables you to study full-time or part-time, onsite in New York, or online from anywhere. Part of the School of Media Studies (SMS) at The New School, the graduate program in Media Studies reflects the university's historical commitment to progressive education, an activist orientation, and the advancement of global perspectives.

The New School's Master of Science program in Media Management offers students the tools, professional network, and practical experience they need to succeed in today's media industries. Our MS in Media Management degree gives students a solid foundation in the latest concepts and practices for managing traditional and emergent media platforms, including: television, movies, music, advertising, games, social media, and transmedia storytelling. Graduates pursue their passions in many areas, including production, marketing, and business management for TV, film, radio, and Internet-based media; branding, advertising, and social media marketing; and media administration for commercial and nonprofit organizations.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 74,495 $ 18,624 $ 55,871
Out of state $ 74,495 $ 18,624 $ 55,871
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Minimum 25% tuition and mandatory fee waivers. The financial information above applies to the MA Media Studies program and reflects 2023-24 tuition cost and mandatory fees for full-time study at the minimum scholarship offered (25%).  Please visit our website for more information.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows can take classes across the university from programs outside their course of study, opening up opportunities in other disciplines, such as design. Fellows receive individualized career advising from staff familiar with the Peace Corps and its mission and values. Fellows from all programs can participate in our annual International Field Program or United Nations Summer Study.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 30,588

Application fee waived?



Internship opportunities for full time students are approximately 400 hours over the course of the degree. Our career services staff is on hand to assist students in finding an internship placement or students can select a site themselves. Examples of previous internship sites include the following: Human Rights Watch, TIDAL, BET (Viacom), Tiffany and Company, SheKnows Media, and The New York Times.

Jobs for program alumni

Creative Production Manager, Treetops; Senior Film Critic, ArtForum; Independent Documentary Filmmaker; Marketing Campaign Manager, LinkedIn; Vice President of The Casting Network; Independent Feature Filmmaker; Producer and documentary director at MTV; Contributing writer to The New York Review of Books; PhD Researcher at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA); Executive Producer at NY1; Professor of Media Studies at New York University.

Other details

Program length

Full time 2 academic years; part time three to 3.5 years

Application requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor degree (Or a US equivalent) from an accredited institution.

Admissions process

Applications consist of transcripts from previous graduate and/or undergraduate study, 2 letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a description of service. Applications are evaluated based on stated career goals, moral commitment, community involvement, and academic achievement. A decision to admit is based on the committee's belief in your potential to successfully complete an advanced degree. As part of the admission process, your statement of purpose and letters of recommendation are carefully reviewed for evidence of interpersonal skills, maturity, and leadership potential, among other qualities.

Program begins

The spring semester starts in the third week of January and the fall semester starts at the end of August.

Non-traditional options

  • Online degree program
  • Low residency or distance learning
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Both degrees can be completed entirely online. In addition, our onsite courses are primarily held once a week in the evenings to cater to working adults

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Merida Escandon Gasbarro, Director of Graduate Admissions

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