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Study of health messages and North Philadelphia Latinos

“Interpretations of Health Messages among North Philadelphia Latinos,” a study of how Philadelphia Puerto Ricans interpret media messages about smoking, was recently concluded. This project was also called “Speaking of Health/Hablando de Salud.” It was funded through a Pennsylvania Department of Health grant to Temple from the money that the tobacco industry is paying states to settle health-related lawsuits. The study was directed by BTMM faculty member Nancy Morris, as Principal Investigator, with BTMM professor Renee Hobbs as Co-Principal Investigator. Over the course of the four-year project, SCT graduate students Dawn Gilpin, Melissa Lenos, Suman Mishra, Pamela Poe, … 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 & Productions 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 & Productions 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 Mass Media & Communication (MM&C) at Temple.

Program Concentrations

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

Communication Scholarship

The Media Studies & Productions 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 & Productions students concentrate wholly on the Department’s scholarly curriculum as an excellent preparation for doctoral training, and the MA in Media Studies & Productions can be a preparatory degree for Temple’s doctoral program in communication.

Media Production and Business

In preparation for a professional career, Media Studies & Productions 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.