The MAS in Film and Media Studies will equip students with the analytical, creative and communication skills to become critical consumers, creative professionals, and rigorous scholars of film, television, and digital media. The program consists of nine credit hours of core courses, 21 credit hours of electives and a comprehensive exam.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

The MAS in Film and Media Studies will equip you with the analytic, creative and communication skills needed to interpret and create media texts and to become critical consumers of media, creative industry professionals, and rigorous scholars of media texts and culture. The program consists of nine credit hours of core courses, 18 credit hours of electives and a three-credit applied project.

While the media arts have traditionally been studied as independent disciplines, our program provides a more comprehensive approach that views them as convergent. We 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.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse unit at Arizona State University:

  • Top 5 for best qualified graduates, according to Wall Street Journal
  • Top 20 for humanities research, according to the National Science Foundation
  • 20,000 enrolled students, 89 undergraduate majors, 134 graduate degrees and 22 interdisciplinary schools and departments
  • $115 million in research expenditures
  • #1 university in the nation for innovation


Next Start Date:

Most Innovative

Featured Courses


From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members including:

  • 306 Endowments
  • 12 Named Chairs
  • 14 Named Professorships
  • 1 Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • 1 MacArthur Fellow
  • 3 Nobel Laureates

Program Summary

Total Hours:


Total Hours at ASU:


Related Careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Advanced Study in Film and Media Studies have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Example Careers

  • Search Marketing Strategist
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Musician
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Public Relations


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00= "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00= "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae
  5. Letters of recommendation (optional)
  6. Application essay
  7. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Students should see the Department of English website for specific details about English proficiency requirements.

The two-page statement should describe past academic work, reasons for pursuing the MAS, and the skills that prepare the applicant for this degree.

Applicants will be asked to write and submit a three-page essay that assesses their knowledge of media theory and critical analysis skills. The subject of the essay will be given in the online application. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to write well and construct a persuasive critical argument.

Appropriate secondary sources should be used in this essay. 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.

Affording College

Learn about the different types of financial aid and scholarship opportunities available. ASU offers a Cost Calculator, Budget Worksheet and Scholarship Search to make the college planning process easier.

Get program details

To learn more about this program, fill out the form below and check your email for information on next steps.