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    Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media Industry and Critical Studies, MA


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The master’s degree requires the completion of at least 33-36 hours of graduate course work. In addition, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 while in the program. Any student whose GPA drops below this level will be placed on probation for one semester. If at the end of the probationary semester the student’s GPA has not been raised to a 3.25 or better, the student will be subject to program dismissal.

Course requirements


The master’s degree has two pathways: critical/cultural studies and media industry studies. Both pathways require a capstone: either a written thesis or a written comprehensive exam.

Critical/cultural studies pathway:


Required courses:


The following courses are required for all critical/cultural studies students:

12 hours of graduate elective courses:


In addition, students must take at least 12 hours of graduate-level elective courses. These can include up to (but not required):

  • 6 credit hours from graduate courses in other departments at UNT as approved by the faculty advisor
  • 3 hours practicum OR 3 hours Internship
  • 3 hours special problems

Capstone:


The Master of Arts degree offers the option of a written thesis or a comprehensive exam.

Thesis option (6 hours of thesis enrollment):

The thesis option requires a minimum of 36 graduate hours, 6 of which must be thesis credits. The student must have departmental approval for this option, including the approval of a Media Arts graduate faculty thesis advisor. The student must successfully complete and orally defend a written thesis.

Comprehensive exam option (3 hours of special problems exam enrollment):

The comprehensive exam option requires a minimum of 33 graduate hours, 3 of which must be exam special problems. The student must have departmental approval for this option, including the approval of a Media Arts graduate faculty examination advisor. The student must successfully pass a written comprehensive exam.

Media industry studies pathway:


12 hours of graduate elective courses:


In addition, students must take at least 12 hours of graduate-level elective courses. These can include up to (but not required):

  • 6 credit hours from graduate courses in other departments at UNT as approved by the faculty advisor
  • 3 hours practicum OR 3 hours internship
  • 3 hours special problems

Capstone:


The Master of Arts degree offers the option of a written thesis or a comprehensive exam.

Thesis option (6 hours of thesis enrollment):

The thesis option requires a minimum of 36 graduate hours, 6 of which must be thesis credits. The student must have departmental approval for this option, including the approval of a Media Arts graduate faculty thesis advisor. The student must successfully complete and orally defend a written thesis.

Comprehensive exam option (3 hours of special problems exam enrollment):

The comprehensive exam option requires a minimum of 33 graduate hours, 3 of which must be exam special problems. The student must have departmental approval for this option, including the approval of a Media Arts graduate faculty examination advisor. The student must successfully pass a written comprehensive exam.

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