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: Is there a cut-off/minimum score for the GRE?
A: No. The GRE score is only one component of the application and it is used mainly in comparison to scores of other applicants. The higher your score, the better your chances of getting accepted to the MA in Media Studies program, and receiving a GA-ship.

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.

Q: Moreover, since I have a BA in journalism will I be exempted from taking any undergraduate courses that would generally be given to someone with an undergraduate degree that is not related to journalism or media in general? 
A: With you BA, you will not need any prerequisite courses.

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 For Undergraduate Students:

Q: From where do I get my Media Communication Diploma?
A: Your MCOM Diploma will be at the registrar's office. Please pick it up from there after you have fulfilled the requirements.

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.
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