The Master of Advanced Study degree in American Media and Popular Culture is offered entirely online (i.e., via distance learning).
The MAS degree offered by the Film and Media Studies faculty at ASU features innovative approaches to the study of film, television, new media, and screenwriting, using historic methods, critical theory, and creative expression as modes of analysis.
While the media arts have traditionally been studied as independent disciplines, our program provides a more comprehensive approach that views them as convergent. We therefore recognize the importance of understanding the history of film as an art form, for instance, but also the need to view it in relation to television and digital media. We are committed to integrating the study of such media convergence into our curriculum, both as units within courses and through the design of new courses entirely devoted to that phenomenon.
To apply for the MAS degree, visit the online application . Be sure to select ASU online (not Tempe campus).
The next application deadline is April 15, 2016, for Fall 2016 enrollment.
A nonrefundable application fee is required. Official transcripts must be sent to the ASU Graduate Education, Admissions Office.
The following supporting documents must be uploaded into the online application (please do not send hard copies or email attachments):
● Applicants must submit a two-page personal statement that describes their past academic work, reasons for pursuing the
MAS and the skills that prepare them for this degree.
● A three-page essay that assesses their knowledge of media theory and critical analysis skills. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to write well and construct a persuasive critical argument. Appropriate secondary sources should be used in this essay. The subject of the essay will be included in the online Graduate Admissions Application.
● While letters of recommendation are optional, applicants may include two or three letters in their application. Recommenders
should be former teachers or supervisors, addressing the applicant's academic performance, motivation and character.
● An interview via Skype may be requested before final admission decisions are made.
*The GRE is not required for this program.
must have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score report sent to the Graduate College. Please refer to this webpage for English Proficiency Score requirements: http://english.clas.asu.edu/gradstudies-international
Additional Information for applicants:
The MAS in American Media and Popular Culture program has thirty full-time students, and admission is highly selective. In the last few years we have accepted only one third of applicants. With just six faculty teaching graduate courses, we have to keep the program small in order to work closely with students and help them develop the knowledge of media and the critical, creative and communication skills to be successful in their careers.
The program requires students to complete 30 credits.
Core Courses: (9 Credits/3 Courses)
• FMS 502 Hollywood Film Historiography
• FMS 504 Film Analysis
• FMS 520 Cultural History of US Television: Theory and Method
Elective Courses: (18 Credits/6 Courses)
• FMS 503 U.S. Media Now
• FMS 505 American Directors and Genres
• FMS 506 Race and Gender in American Film
• FMS 507 Crime and Violence in American Film
• FMS 508 Film and Media Censorship
• FMS 510 Story Analysis
• FMS 511 Fundamentals of Cinema & Television Narrative
• FMS 512 Intermediate Cinema & Television Narrative
• FMS 513 Advanced Screenwriting
• FMS 522 LA Movies and Culture
• FMS 590 Reading and Conference (independent study)
• FMS 598 Various Topics
Integrated Project: (3 credits/1 course)
• FMS 593 Integrated Project with FMS Faculty Mentor
Some of the above courses have permissions requirements. Please see the MAS registration procedures for information on how to obtain proper clearance.
Fees and Tuition:
Non-degree students will be charged Tempe Campus tuition rates.
If the student's campus is online, tuition rate is $482 per credit hour with no cap. If the student's campus is not online students will be charged the graduate tuition rate of $736 per credit hour with a cap of $5,150 at 7 hours for Arizona residents, and $1,054 per credit hour with a cap of $12,643 for nonresidents.
All students pay a program fee of $250 per course. This fee supports the development, construction and maintenance of the online courses.