MA in Media and Public Engagement

Graduate students in media studies class

Fall 2017 Application Deadlines

US applicants: Feb. 1, 2017
International applicants: Dec. 1, 2016

How to Apply

The Master of Arts in Media and Public Engagement (MAPE), is a 2-year interdisciplinary program that spans traditional boundaries between theory and practice, offers a critical study of the history, institutions, economics and social implications of the media, nationally and globally, combined with a practice-based media training geared toward civic engagement and community building. In addition to completing courses in media theory and other fields of interest, students learn how to create thoughtful and engaging projects using a variety of media practices including documentary film, multimedia websites, interactive video installations and other online tools.

In their two years in the program, MAPE students will collaborate with faculty, community leaders, nonprofit organizations and socially engaged corporations to devise innovative pathways to the study, commentary and presentation of social issues. They may also choose to focus on environmental issues and complete the Graduate Certificate in Environment, Policy and Society (EPS), which consists of 18 credit hours met by taking courses both inside and outside CMCI.

The MAPE prepares students for a variety of professions, both at the national and international level, in government, media, cultural organizations and the nonprofit sector.

Program Requirements

Students in the MAPE program take a total of 36 credit hours comprised of 30 hours of course work selected from a range of courses offered by the Media Studies department and/or courses cross-listed with other departments insides and outside the College of Media, Information and Communication, and 6 hours of thesis project. The 36 credit hours breakout as follow:

The curriculum includes three required foundation courses taken in the first year:

  • Media Theory—3 hours
  • Connected Media Practices—3
  • Media Activism and Public Engagement—3

Additionally, the curriculum includes:

  • Methods of media practice and/or research—6 hours (2 courses);
  • Student’s area of emphasis (this could include an environmental emphasis)—12 hours (4 courses) 
  • Internship or practicum—3
  • Thesis project—6

Application Guidelines

Students are admitted to the program based on the quality of their proposed project and their commitment to social change and the public good.

Applicants to the MA in Media and Public Engagement must:

  • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.
  • Have a GRE verbal score of at least 153 (62%). International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (IBT 100).
  • Provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Provide a 500-word statement of purpose.
  • Provide a resume.

Financial Support

Graduate assistantships are available. Applicants who wish to be considered must request an assistantship by submitting, as part of the online application, a cover letter and resume that includes detailed professional or academic qualifications by February 1, addressed to Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Janice Peck. Applicants are chosen each semester based on experience and the specific skills needed for available assistantships.

Contact us

Email: cmcigrad@colorado.edu