Apply to the Comparative Media Studies Master’s Program

Application deadline is January 15. Notification of acceptance by April 1.

The Comparative Media Studies graduate program currently admits approximately 10 students per year, forming a cohort of 20 students working towards a Master of Science degree.

Information sessions (encouraged but optional)

On-campus information sessions

Register by clicking on the date you prefer, and registering through Eventbrite.

Online information sessions

  • October 24, 2014 9AM-11AM
  • November 21, 2014  3PM-5PM

RSVP not required for an online session. To participate, simply visit its event page during session hours.

Application, Tests, and Materials

The link to the application is https://gradapply.mit.edu/cms/.  The application fee is $75.  All uploaded materials must be in PDF format, with a maximum size of 10MB.  All materials must be submitted by the deadline of January 15.

Required tests

  • GRE general test.  MIT’s code is 3514, the CMS departmental code is 4505 (listed as “Radio, TV, and Film”).  Applicants who take the test after December 31 will not be considered for admission.
  • IELTS (international students only).  Minimum score: 7. To register for a test, visit ielts.org. Applicants who are tested after December 31 will not be considered for admission.  CMS does not accept TOEFL scores.

Notes on the Application for Graduate Admissions

  • Subjects Taken: Please list all courses you feel are relevant to future study in Comparative Media Studies, even if they appear on your transcript(s). You do not need to fill in the textbook column.
  • Statement of Objectives: We recommend a length of 750-1000 words for the Statement of Objectives.
  • Academic Transcripts: Academic transcripts are required for all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts should be uploaded in the online application. If you are accepted, you will be required to send an official hard copy of your transcripts.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: At least two must be academic recommendations; online submission required.
  • Writing sample: This must be an academic research paper or one chapter of a longer project. Non-academic papers, such as journalistic pieces, do not qualify as writing samples, but may be included in a portfolio. If the context is not clear, please provide a brief description. If the work represents a collaboration, please explain. Writing samples should be uploaded in the electronic application.
  • Portfolio: Portfolios are optional and may be uploaded in the online application. If your portfolio is available on a website, please indicate this in the Test Scores/Experience section of the application.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum vitae or resumes should be uploaded in the online application.

For International Applicants

Before being admitted:

See IELTS and TOEFL information above.

After acceptance: