Master of Arts | Department of Media Arts

Master of Arts


The Master of Arts degree offers students individiaulized degree plans, small seminar classes, and personal academic attention from dedicated faculty members. Students may choose to focus their degree in one of two tracks: Cricital-Cultural Studies or Industry Studies. The Critical-Cultural Studies area encourages students to critically engage with current debates in historical, ideological, and cultural discourses and produce high quality academic writing on topics such as race, class, gender, sexuality, fandom, globalization, and convergence culture. The Industry Studies area is designed for students with interests in media management, economics, entrepreneurship, law and regulation, and programming, as well as new media, and audience research.

Each track requires the completion of at least 30 hours of graduate course work and takes approximately two years to complete. A student may elect 6-12 hours in a minor area. Both pathways have an optional written thesis.

Several graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships, and scholarships are awarded each year to new and continuing students.

For more informaiton about the Master of Arts degree options contact Dr. Harry Benshoff, Director of MA Program in Industry and Critical-Cultural Studies.


You must meet the requirement of both the Toulouse Graduate School and the Department of Media Arts. If applicants are accepted by the Graduate School, their files are forwarded to the Graduate Committee in the Department of Media Arts for further evaluation. The following may be considered the department's minimum requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate courses in RTVF or related field of study such as media studies, media production or mass communication.

To apply, the following materials should be sent directly to the Toulouse Graduate School:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Official GRE scores sent from the Educational Testing Service.
  • A completed graduate application form.
  • Application fee.

In addition, the following items should be emailed directly to Dr. Harry Benshoff, Media Arts Director of M.A. Graduate Studies:

  1. A statement of purpose, in which the applicant states career goals and tells why the Master of Arts degree in Media Arts from UNT will help achieve those goals. This statement should indicate which area of emphasis (Critical/Cultural Studies or Industry Studies) is appropriate to the applicant's academic/career goals.
  2. A writing sample (research paper, professional report, substantial essay, etc.).
  3. A minimum of two current letters of recommendation. For most applicants, the letters must be provided by current or former professors. An applicant who has worked professionally in media may submit one of these letters from a person who has supervised his or her work. If an applicant has been out of school for several years, both letters may be from people who can evaluate his or her work in these fields.
  4. An applicant from outside the United States must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English prior to admittance. In addition to GRE scores, non-native speakers must submit TOEFL scores.


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Toulouse Graduate School
Department of Media Arts Graduate Studies general information

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