The application deadline is typically January 15. Notification of acceptance comes 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
We have completed this application cycle’s on-campus information sessions. But feel free to take a look at the slides presented by graduate program director, Associate Professor T.L. Taylor. Information sessions for admission in 2016 will be announced early fall 2015.
Online information sessions
We have completed this application cycle’s online information sessions. Information sessions for admission in 2016 will be announced early fall 2015.
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.
- GRE general test. MIT’s code is 3514, the CMS departmental code “Radio, TV, and Film.” If you select another departmental code, don’t worry; as long as the scores are sent to MIT – any department – we can access them. 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. If the applicant holds a degree from an English-speaking institution, verifiable by transcript, we can waive the IELTS requirement.
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.
Before being admitted:
See IELTS and TOEFL information above.
- The CMS Graduate Administrator will work with you and the MIT International Students Office to assist with your visa documentation.
- An English Evaluation Test (EET) will be required during the week before classes begin in the Fall semester. Please plan accordingly. More information is available at http://web.mit.edu/fll/www/languages/ESLOptions.shtml#EET.
- International Students are required to submit a Financial Certification Form showing proof of funds at a level determined by the International Students Office in order to acquire a visa (see http://web.mit.edu/iso/resources/forms/FCFGrad.pdf).