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Professor Fernback earns Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media Professor Jan Fernback’s class sessions might best be described as journeys of interactive discovery.

Students in her “Law and Ethics of Digital Media” course, for example, have robust discussions on issues ranging from file sharing, to copyright law, to fair use. They contribute first-hand examples, drawing from their own experiences as consumers and creators of digital media in its many forms.

The exchange is far-reaching at times, but Fernback thoughtfully moves the conversation forward, highlighting relevant points (“Check it out.”), prodding (“What do I mean by that?”), confirming understanding (“Does this make sense to everyone?”) … Read more »

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Welcome to the Master of Arts Program in Media Studies & Production (MSP). A component of the School of Media and Communication, Temple University’s Media Studies & Production MA program provides students with both professional and scholarly enrichment.

This site offers an overview of the MA program and includes information pertinent to both incoming and current MA students. Look for contact information, request applications and other materials, browse our concentrations and curriculum, download or view the all important MA Manual.


The Master of Arts in Media Studies & production is designed for two types of degree candidates.

Some Media Studies & Production Master’s students pursue the degree to advance in corporate, public or non-profit communication industries. These students take courses in relevant applied communication courses such as advertising, public relations, TV production, management and organizational communication.

Other Media Studies & Production Master’s students pursue a course of study that prepares them for a doctoral program in communication or a cognate discipline. Some students who earn the MA in Media Studies & Productions proceed to the doctoral program in Media & Communication (MMC) at Temple.

Program Concentrations

The Media Studies & Production Master’s Program provides graduate students with both scholarly and professional training.

Communication Scholarship

The Media Studies & Production MA offers a strong and diverse scholarly curriculum with a general foundation in communication theory and methodology. Introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses are offered in the following areas of study:

  • Institutions

The history, economics, law, regulation, and policy pertaining to broadcast, cable, and new technology industries in both national and international contexts.

  • Social Processes

The psychology, sociology, cultural study and politics of both mass media and communications technology, particularly in terms of their impact on everyday life.

  • Organizations and Networks

The analysis of the behavior and management of communications systems, particularly in terms of mass media industries and institutions.
Many Media Studies & Production students concentrate wholly on the Department’s scholarly curriculum as an excellent preparation for doctoral training, and the MA in Media Studies & Production can be a preparatory degree for Temple’s doctoral program in communication.

Media Production and Business

In preparation for a professional career, Media Studies & Production master’s students may pursue media training in areas such as:

  • TV, radio, computer, and multimedia production
  • Corporate communications
  • Media management, marketing, and research
  • Media publicity and advertising

MSP’s media production and business orientation points students toward careers in:

  • TV and radio corporations and stations
  • Marketing and advertising agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Profit and non-profit industries

The program also offers internship opportunities in media industries relevant to the students’ interests.

Your Academic Advisor

Upon admission to the program, students are advised by the MA program director. During the first year of the program, students then choose an academic advisor. This person can help the student plan his or her program of study; provide necessary approval signatures during the registration process each semester; and serve as chairperson of the student’s comprehensive examination committee.

Since goals may evolve or affinities change, the student may opt at any point following admission to change his or her advisor with the approval of the new advisor. Such changes are not unusual, nor are they problematic and the student should feel free to make them.

Program Timeline

By February 15 for fall admission
Submit application materials (GRE scores, official transcripts, TOEFL [if required], letters of reference, statement of purpose)

Semester 1 (Fall)

(Suggested: 7 credits)
Take three core courses: MSP 5011, MSP 5114 and MSP 9845
Meet with academic advisor
Submit Petition for Transfer Credit form [if appropriate]

Semester 2

(Suggested: 9 or more credits)
Take remaining required course: MSP 5021 or MSP 5041—and two or three other courses

Semester 3

(Suggested: 9 or more credits)
Take three or more courses
Meet with academic advisor to discuss Thesis, Project, or Comprehensive Examinations

Semester 4

(Suggested: 9 credits)
Take two courses, including possibly Master’s Thesis or Project
Submit application to graduate (deadline is typically early in semester; see SMC Dean’s Office for details)
Prepare for and take Comprehensive Examinations if you are not doing a Thesis or Project


*Remember that 36 credits are required in order to graduate. Students must take either a Thesis or Project OR take Comprehensive Examinations with no Thesis or Project.