The Master of Science is awarded for successful completion of 36 credits consisting of 11 courses (33 credits) and a capstone course (3 credits), in which students work closely with a faculty advisor to complete either a master's thesis or a business plan.
The coursework introduces management structures, strategies and methods, finance, networked collaboration, Internet culture, and contemporary media practices. Students focus on particular media business and management issues, attaining a degree of specialization. Our extensive curriculum and limited number of required courses give
students many ways to design their own paths through the program and
enable them to sample a variety of approaches and techniques.
Students who have significant experience in either Research Methods or Media Design can apply to have these requirements waived by submitting a course waiver form (PDF). Approval of a requirement waiver fulfills the degree requirement but does not count towards the total number of credits required for the completion of a degree. It allows a student, in consultation with his or her advisor, to select another course for the same number of credits to be taken in lieu of the waived course.
Three general media studies elective courses (9 credits) can be selected from the course offerings of the School for Media Studies or, with advisor approval, from those of another graduate program at the university. In order to get initial approval to take courses outside of the School of Media Studies, a student must a special electives form (PDF) to Paul Hardart, director of the Media Management Program. Upon completion of a Special Elective course, the student must submit a transfer of credit form (PDF) to apply the credits to their degree. Questions
about the forms should be directed to Alex Kelly, assistant director
of Advising and Student Affairs.
Students may apply for the transfer of up to nine graduate credits taken outside the School of Media Studies to be used to meet MS degree credit requirements—nine credits can be transferred from other graduate programs at The New School and up to six of the nine credits can be transferred from another university, including institutions attended prior to The New School. Transfer credits can be applied to seminar, production, or methods course requirements, depending on the nature and content of the course.
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