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: When should a candidate for an MA in Media Studies submit the GRE scores?
A: You are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and submit the test scores along with the MA application form by application deadline.
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: Is there a cutoff score for the GRE?
A: Not yet. But the higher your score, the better your chances of being accepted into the MA program, and receiving a GA-ship.
Q: Will my application to the MA in Media Studies be accepted if I have not taken the GRE yet, or if I have just taken it recently but don't have the official scores?
A: AUB will accept your application along with either;
(1) a copy of the receipt showing that you have registered to take the GRE even if you will take it after the application deadline (but not too far after the deadline),
(2) a copy of the receipt with the preliminary online scores written on them if you have taken the GRE recently,or
(3) the official GRE scores. Please note that delays in the GRE will cause delays in acceptance to the program. Therefore, please take the GRE as early as possible.
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.
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: Will I pay graduate or undergraduate tuition fees if I enroll in the Media Communication Diploma after I finish my BA/BS?
A: Although you need to use a Graduate Application to apply to the Diploma in Media Communication after you earn your BA/BS, you will still pay undergraduate tuition for the courses you take after your BA/BS. Those doing the diploma along with their BA will pay the same tuition level per course.
Q: Do I need to take the GRE as part of the Diploma application?
A: No, although those who are pursuing the Diploma in Media Communication after they finish their BA/BS need to use a Graduate Application to apply, they DO NOT need to take the GRE test. Only MA applicants do.
Q: Will the media courses I take count towards both the electives credits and the diploma or minor?
A: Yes. In fact, all courses will count towards the diploma and will count as General Education courses (either social sciences or humanities). Some courses, such as Advertising and Public Relations, will also count towards your core business credits (with your advisor's permission).
Q: When should I submit the application for the Diploma in Media Communication?
A: For tracking and advising purposes, it is important you submit the diploma application as soon as you decide you want to pursue it, and preferably by the time to you start taking your first media course. Even if you submit the diploma application, you can decide not to continue pursuing it any time without having to submit any termination forms. It will not affect your BA/BS in any way.
Q: Do new MCOM courses count towards the minor or the diploma?
A: Yes, all MCOM courses will count towards the minor and/or the diploma as electives.
Q: Do media courses count toward my Humanities and/or Social Sciences credits?
A: Yes, all media courses count towards Social Sciences or Humanities credits.
Q: Do media the Salzburg Academy courses (MCOM 280/281) count toward my Humanities and/or Social Sciences credits?
A: Yes, MCOM 280 counts as Humanities and MCOM 281 as Social Sciences.
Q: Do media the Salzburg Academy courses (MCOM 280/281) count toward the diploma and the minor?
A: Yes, MCOM 280 and MCOM 281 count as electives toward your diploma in media communication and/or minor in communication.
Q: Do you offer a BA in media studies?
A: Not yet. We are looking into it.