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: For questions about entrance exams, tuition, GRE and TOEFL scores, and other graduate requirements:
A: Please visit this page and click on "Admission Requirements" (top left) and choose the year you would like to apply:  

Q: What is the required General GRE score for the MA in Media Studies?
A: There is no required score, but you should aim to get as high as possible because we only accept 10-12 students per year. Also, make sure to score higher than 143 in the verbal section so you don't have to take English deficiency courses.

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: 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: Please refer to the Graduate Council's website for questions about application deadlines and requirements

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: Which courses do I need to take before I can transfer to the BA in Media/Comm?
A: You will need to take and pass either MCOM 201 or MCOM 202 with a grade of 70 or above before you can transfer to the Media and Communication BA. Please note that you also should have an average of 70 or above in all other MCOM courses you may have taken, and 70 or above in ENGL 203 (and ENGL 204 if you have taken it). If you are transferring from another AUB major, you can only apply after you have spent two semesters in your current major. See catalog for details.

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.
Q: Do media courses count toward my Humanities and/or Social Sciences credits?
A: Most media courses count towards either Social Sciences or Humanities credits. Please check the registrar's "General Education" list of courses for details

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: Yes, we now offer a BA in media studies.

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