About the MA in Media, Culture & Technology

GSAS Orientation will be virtual again this year and takings place Wednesday, August 18, from 12PM - 5PM. 

In addition to orientation events held by our department, the Graduate School hosts an orientation session for doctoral students and a reception and resource fair for all Arts & Sciences graduate students. Students will receive an invitation via e-mail with details regarding these events.


The University of Virginia’s Department of Media Studies offers a two-year Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Media, Culture & Technology. This program provides opportunities for advanced studies in the history of media and communications technologies, exposure to a wide range of theorizations of how these technologies shape individual and collective experience in modern society, and high-level training in the research methods that allow practitioners to identify and analyze contemporary media-related issues confronting businesses, policymakers, and the public. Students will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the historical roots of pressing questions surrounding media technologies and infrastructures, and will take with them skills that will allow them to bring a deep understanding of the field of media studies to bear on a variety of careers and social contexts.

The Media, Culture & Technology MA will be particularly useful for students who are looking to apply to further graduate study (i.e., Ph.D. programs in media studies and related fields), as well as students who are looking to advance within the professional fields of media policy, analysis, or production.

You can learn more in our Graduate Program Handbook or contact our Director of Graduate Studies with questions.

The Media, Culture & Technology MA also offers an expedited admission process for current UVA undergraduates who are seeking the MA degree. Please see the Master's Promotion (4+1) Program section for further details.