The Master of Arts in Media Studies


The mission of the M.A. program in Media Studies is to prepare its graduates to become lifelong commentators, media text makers, and media interpreters in a globalized world. It provides students with conceptual and analytical tools and practical experience to pursue careers in communication, to further academic enhancement at the doctoral level, and to help those already working in those fields upgrade their knowledge in their chosen area of study.

Program Educational Objectives
The program will prepare students to:

  1. Pursue higher studies towards a doctoral degree
  2. Acquire in-depth knowledge and research skills in the workplace
  3. Contribute to the growth and ethical development of the field in Lebanon and the region

Admission Requirements
The program admits students holding Bachelor degrees in any of the areas listed above as well as those holding degrees in other majors.
Students from non related majors must take and pass a number of preparatory courses which the department deems necessary to pursue a Master of Arts in Media Studies. A student must obtain at least a “B” grade in any remedial course.
Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 may be admitted on a probationary basis. They must achieve a GPA of 3.0 in their first semester in order to continue in the program.

Candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation, an updated C.V., and a personal statement explaining their educational goals and reasons for selecting this area of study. Other university graduate admission requirements may apply as specified in the current catalog.

Graduation Requirements
All students must take a total of 15 credits in the general field of Communication in addition to 12 credit hours in the concentration area, the remaining six credits will be selected from a pool of courses offered by the program.
Students must write a 6-credit thesis to bring the total to 39 hours required for graduation.

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 for the 39 credits required to graduate. Students must repeat any course on which they earned a “C-” grade or less.

Degree Requirements (39 credits)

Core Courses (15 cr.)

COA 610, COA 613, COA 652, COA 680, COA 681

Major Requirements (12 cr.)

Major Requirements - Advertising: student must choose 12 credits from the following courses:
ADM 620, ADM 621, ADM 635, ADM 650, ADM 651, ADM 681

Major Requirements – Television Management and Production: student must choose 12 credits from the following courses:
COA 620, COA 630, COA 635, COA 650, COA 655, COA 685

Major Requirements - Electronic Journalism and Public Relations: student must choose 12 credits from the following courses:
COA 655, JOU 610, JOU 621, JOU 630, JOU 631,JOU 635, JOU 640

Major Pool Electives (6 cr. )

Student must choose 6 credits from the following courses:
ADM 651, ADM 681, COA 631, COA 660, COA 682, COA 685, JOU 631, JOU 680

Thesis Requirements 

COA 690 Thesis I   3 cr.
COA 691 Thesis II  3 cr.

Television Management and Production students may choose to replace COA 690 and COA 691 with:

COA 692 Film 6 credits