The mission of the MA program in Media Studies is to prepare its graduates to become lifelong commentators, media text makers, and media interpreters in a globalized world. It provides students with conceptual and analytical tools and practical experience to pursue careers in communication, to further academic enhancement at the doctoral level, and to help those already working in those fields upgrade their knowledge in their chosen area of study.
Program Educational Objectives
The program will prepare students to:
- 1.Pursue higher studies towards a doctoral degree;
- 2.Acquire in-depth knowledge and research skills in the workplace;
- 3.Contribute to the growth and ethical development of the field in Lebanon and the region.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation, students should be able to:
- 1.Communicate ideas for effective media production;
- 2.Synthesize diverse perspectives in order to contribute to an ethical media environment;
- 3.Apply appropriate research methodologies to produce scholarly work;
- 4.Employ effective communication strategies in the production and consumption of traditional and digital media.
The program admits students holding Bachelor degrees in any of the areas listed above as well as those holding degrees in other majors. Students from non related majors must take and pass a number of preparatory courses which the department deems necessary to pursue a Master of Arts in Media Studies. A student must obtain at least a “B” grade in any remedial course. Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a GPA between 2.8 and 3.0 may be admitted on a probationary basis. They must achieve a GPA of 3.0 in their first semester in order to continue in the program.
Candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation, an updated C.V., and a personal statement explaining their educational goals and reasons for selecting this area of study. Other university graduate admission requirements may apply as specified in the catalog.
All students must take a total of 15 credits in the general field of Mass Communication in addition to 12 credit hours in the concentration area; the remaining six credits will be selected from a pool of courses offered by the program.
Students must write a 6-credit thesis to bring the total to 39 hours required for graduation.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 for the 39 credits required to graduate.
Students must repeat any course on which they earned a “C-” grade or less.