Apply for an M.A. | Department of Media Arts

Apply for an M.A.


Deadline for Fall 2023 admission is March 1, 2024.

You must meet the requirements 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 department's minimum requirements include:

  • 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 Media Arts or related field of study.

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

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Applicants with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0 must submit official GRE scores sent from the Educational Testing Service. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher do not need to submit GRE scores.
  • A completed Toulouse Graduate School application form.
  • Application fee.

In addition, the following items should be emailed directly to Dr. Jennifer Gómez Menjívar, Director of Master of Arts program:

  1. Fill out the online Graduate Applicant Questionnaire (results will automatically be sent to the Graduate Director)
  2. A statement of purpose. In addition to indicating the semester and year you would like to enter the program, the statement should:
    1. indicate your purpose in pursuing a graduate degree at UNT in Media Arts
    2. specifically address your research interests
    3. indicate your intended track (Critical/Cultural Studies or Industry Studies)
    4. identify academic and professional experiences that have served as a foundation for successful graduate work in Media Arts
    5. communicate how pursuing a graduate degree in our department will aid in your professional plans and/or career aspirations
  3. A minimum of two current letters of recommendation.
    • Letter writers should send their recommendation letters via email directly to the M.A. Graduate Director. We do not accept letters sent directly from the applicant.
    • 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 their work and is capable of commenting on the applicant's probability of success in a rigorous graduate program.
    • If an applicant has been out of school for several years, both letters may come from professional colleagues capable of commenting on the applicant's probability of success in a rigorous graduate program.
  4. A writing sample representative of the applicant's best academic work in media studies or a related field.
    • The sample should demonstrate the applicant's research, argumentative, and/or analytical writing skills (i.e. ideally a paper that was written for an upper division course in the applicant's field of study)
    • Creative writing (e.g. scripts or screenplays), journalistic reporting (e.g. news copy), or informal writing (e.g. blog posts, editorials, etc.) are not acceptable forms of academic writing samples
    • There is no page limit; however, we recommend 7-10 pages, including an appropriate bibliography
  5. In specific instances, the Media Arts MA Admissions Committee may require an interview of applicants under consideration. This interview may take place in person, via telephone or video conference.
  6. International students: 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.


Several graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships, and scholarships are awarded each year to new and continuing students. Assistantship applications should be submitted with admissions material.


The admissions committee will not consider an application until all required materials have been submitted.

Admissions for Fall 2024: March 1, 2024. You can anticiapte a decision notification in early April.

By virtue of submitting an application to the Master of Arts Program at UNT, I certify:

  • I prepared, wrote, and submitted all of my own materials
  • The information supplied in this application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge