Media Studies has decided to expand its spring 2021 application period. Applications open Friday, December 11 and close on Friday, February 12, at 5pm. Click HERE to apply.


Media Studies has decided to allow 3rd year students to apply for admission to the major this spring. Completion of MDST 2000 is not required for the application (see FAQs below for more information). A 3rd year applicant who has not yet taken MDST 2000 must enroll in MDST 2000 for Spring 2021. 3rd year applicants who have completed MDST 2000 are encouraged to apply by January 21st. This group will be granted permission to enroll in MDST 3050 (required for the major) in the spring of 2021. Note: enrollment in MDST 2000 or MDST 3050 does not guarantee admission to the major. When assessing a 3rd year student’s application, the MDST Admissions Committee will consider the applicant’s ability to complete the major on time.


Q1. I am interested in applying to the Media Studies major. When can I do it?

CURRENT 2ND AND 3RD YEAR STUDENTS: The application period for those wishing to become Media Studies majors opens December 11, 2021, at 9am and closes on February 12, 2021. Click here to see the form.

In general, a matriculated student may apply in the Spring semester of the 2nd year or the summer prior to the start of the Fall semester of your 3rd year. If you are a third year transfer student, you can apply in the summer before your third year. (Please note: you must attend the summer orientation and be in enrolled in MDST 2000 in order to apply as a third year transfer.) Rising fourth year students cannot apply to the major.

Q2. Are there any requirements that I have to fulfill before applying?

Yes. You can apply to the major ONLY if you have fulfilled at least one of the following conditions:

·         If you already took either MDST 2000 and your grade was a C+ or higher

·         If you are currently enrolled in MDST 2000

·         If you have completed two courses that can be applied towards the MDST major and you earned a C+ or higher in both

·         If you have completed one course that can be applied toward the MDST major with a C+ or more AND you are enrolled in one course that can be applied toward the major

·         If you are a newly matriculated rising third year transfer student

Q2.1. Besides MDST 2000, what courses can I use to apply to the major?

You can use all 3000 and above courses that start with MDST. In addition, Media Studies accepts some pre-approved courses from other departments. You can find these in the following lists. Some are in the Global/Non-US Media Approved Course List. Some are in the Practice of Media Approved Course List (note that ONLY one course from this list can be applied toward the MDST major). Some are in the Diversity and Identity Approved Course List. And some are in the Media Concentrations list of courses.

Q3. Is there a minimum GPA to apply to the MDST major?

Yes. You must have an average GPA of 2.000 or higher.

Q4. When is the application process?

There are TWO applications each year, one in the spring and one in the summer. The summer application is ONLY for third year and third year transfer students. The spring application is for second year students.

Q4.1. I am a second year student who did not transfer, when do I apply?

In the spring prior to your third year.

Q4.2. I am a second year transfer student, when do I apply?

You can apply in either the spring of your second year if you have fulfilled the requirements specified in Q2 OR you can apply in the summer before your third year.

 Q4.3. I am a third year student who did not transfer, when do I apply? 

You can apply in the summer prior to the start of your third year. 

Q4.4. I am a third year transfer student, when do I apply?

You can only apply in the summer prior to your third year. You must be enrolled in MDST 2000 to apply.

Q4.5. I am a fourth year student. Can I apply to the major?

No. Fourth year students cannot apply to Media Studies

Q5. When is the spring application process?

The application is typically due in the Spring semester (prior to Spring break), but the date changes year to year. Check our website for the current deadline.

Q5.1. When is the summer application process?

Summer dates will be announced on this page prior to summer orientation. 

Q6. What do I need to do to apply?

The application is an online form, linked from our website. It consists of a report of your overall GPA and MDST courses taken to date (and your MDST GPA), two essays, and the contact information (generally email) for one professor or TA who has agreed to act as your reference.  You do NOT need to obtain a letter from this person, but they must have agreed to provide a short reference upon our request.

Q7. How long does it take to know whether I was accepted to the major?

We strive to get our decisions to you as soon as possible. For summer admissions, we expect decisons to me made within 10 days of the closing of the application.

Q7.1. If I didn’t get in, can I re-apply?

Yes, if you are a second year or first semester third year student.

Q8. If I am accepted into the major, do I have to fill out a Major Declaration Form?

Yes. As soon as you are accepted into the major, you need to set up an appointment with your assigned advisor and together complete a Declaration Form. One copy of the form needs to be turned into the Media Studies office and one copy is submitted to the Registrar located in Room 101, Monroe Hall. Declarations appear on SIS typically one week after the declaration was submitted.

Q9. Do courses from other departments at UVA count toward the major?

We will accept up to two elective courses from another department or university toward the major, this includes study abroad courses. Courses will be evaluated by the Director of Undergraduate programs prior to acceptance toward major requirements. Please see our website regrading transfer courses.

Q10. How many transfer credits can I apply toward the major?

We will accept up to two courses from another university toward the major. Courses will be evaluated by the Director of Undergraduate programs prior to acceptance toward major requirements. These will count as your non-departmental courses.