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Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies
Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ page offers the most common questions in the most expedient fashion.
Please read them carefully before asking media studies faculty. 

For Graduate Students:

Q: What is a Graduate Assistantship and how is it different from a scholarship or financial aid?
A: A graduates assistantship is similar to a scholarship in that it covers your tuitions and pays you a symbolic stipend/salary each month. In return you will be required to work with one of the department's faculty members for 14 to 20 hours a week, depending on how many courses you get coverage for (two or three per semester). The added benefit of a GA-ship is that you gain experience working on research and other activities with experts in the field, which is an invaluable learning experience.

Q: When should an applicant for an MA in Media Studies apply for a Graduate Assistantship?
A: Along with the application form to the MA, or by the application deadline.

Q: What does the Graduate Assistantship offer? 
A: A GA is offered full Tuition reimbursement and a symbolic monthly stipend in return for 14 hours/week of work with a faculty member.

Q: How long does it take to complete the MA in Media Studies?
A: It varies. If you choose the thesis track, you will normally need 4 semesters (2 years), assuming a typical load of 2 courses per semester. If you choose the project track, you may complete the degree in 3 semesters (1.5 years), assuming a load of 2-3 courses per semester. Students who take more courses per semester and enroll in summer courses may finish faster. Those who study part-time (normally 1 course per semester) make take longer.  

Q: Taking into consideration the option of working whilst doing the MA in Media Studies, will the classes usually be given at night and how manydays per week? 
A: Graduate classes are normally offered in the afternoon 2-5pm. Each course is given once week. You'll need to get permission from your company to skip work during these classes. If you are working full-time, you should only take one course per semester, especially the first two semesters.

Q: How many years would it take to complete the degree if I am also working full time?
A: It depends if you take courses in summer, if you choose the project or thesis options. Normally for the project option, three years if you take one course per semester including one course each summer (3 courses per year). if you take 2 courses per year, then add a year. If you do the thesis option, it make take longer, depending on how long you spend doing the thesis. There are options where you can speed this process up.

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 For Undergraduate Students:

Q: How do I get my pin to register?
A: Every student has to check with his/her advisor. The faculty advisor must check the student’s file before helping the student in his/her course selection. No pin will be given without meeting with the advisor.
Q: Can a student open capacity to a course that is full?
A: In general no, but some exceptions include opening the capacity for core courses to students who need to take them to graduate soon. Contact the department chairperson and explain to him/her why you need to open capacity to a course. 
Q: Do new MCOM courses count towards the minor?
A: Yes, all MCOM courses will count towards the minor as electives.
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