Top Media Studies Graduate Schools

Find tips for choosing a school to study media studies. Learn about school rankings and degree information for three top schools with media studies programs. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Media Studies Graduate School?

Many of the best graduate programs allow you to study topics in gender studies, sociology and technology or combine film and video production with research. You may also want to consider schools that have extensive production facilities and multiple platforms for presenting student research projects.

What Are the Top Three Media Studies Graduate Schools?

Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University established the country's first communications college in 1955. Its interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies program combines coursework from the school's journalism, public relations and telecommunications departments. You can take advantage of its multimedia software and digital media technology labs while you're conducting research in the areas of media production, mass media or social network communications. Some of the degree offerings at Michigan State include:

  • Master of Arts in Information and Media
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Media
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication

Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA

As a graduate student in Penn State's College of Communications, you can focus on the psychological effects of film and television or the portrayals of gender and class in mass media. You may also study how media law and policy affect under-represented populations' access to information technology. Graduate students can take advantage of the college's media effects research lab and information policy institute in the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Media Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communications

University of Texas at Austin

The majority of degree requirements in UT - Austin's media studies programs consist of theory coursework, but you can also enroll in a limited number of production courses. Among the on-campus resources available are studio and editing facilities and equipment rentals for film, video and audio productions. You may also take advantage of the university's Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute. Students participate in forums, conferences and research projects concerning public policy and commerce for digital media. Representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, history or culture are among the focus areas available in the following degree programs:

  • Master of Arts in Media Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Media Studies

Ten Media Studies Graduate Schools

College/University Institution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
New York University 4-year, Private New York, NY$45,000
University of Southern California 4-year, Private Los Angeles, CA$45,500
University of Wisconsin-Madison 4-year, Public Madison, WI$12,000
Stanford University 4-year, PrivateStanford, CA$51,000
Northwestern University4-year, Private Evanston, IL$55,000
Brown University4-year, PrivateProvidence, RI$55,000
Harvard University4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA$47,000
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities4-year, PublicMinneapolis, MN$18,500
University of Pennsylvania4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA$39,000
University of Florida4-year, PublicGainesville, FL$13,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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