Applying to the Graduate Program
Students may enter the CMS program with undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines, including liberal arts and sciences, computer science, journalism, economics, and management. We actively seek students from different backgrounds and with different career objectives. Many of our students already have professional experience in media-related fields and return to an academic setting to 'retool' so they may understand better the complexities of contemporary media culture.
CMS is especially interested in students who combine technical skills with an interest in the humanities. The program offers a terminal Master's degree, but a number of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in social sciences, film, media, communications, or cultural studies.
Applications become available in September for prospective admission in the following year. Email email@example.com for further information.
The deadline for graduate program applications is January 15.
Though not required, applicants are encouraged to participate in an on-campus or online information session. They are scheduled in the fall. For those who cannot attend an information session, we make available transcripts of past online sessions.
Applicants are expected to use the online application.
The following items are required for application to Comparative Media Studies.
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 preferred.
- GRE Scores: The MIT code is 3514. The departmental code is 4505 (listed as "Radio, TV, and Film"), but as long as you send your scores to MIT, we will receive them. To register or send scores, visit the Educational Testing Service's website at www.ets.org/gre. Scores must be sent directly by the ETS. Register early to maximize your chances of scheduling your preferred test date and time. Applicants who are tested after December 31 will not be considered for admission.
- 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 are optional and may be uploaded in the online application.
- $75 processing fee.
Scanning and uploading documents
Please upload documents in PDF format. The maximum file size for any uploaded document is 10 MB. A resolution of 300 dpi on text setting for any text documents should be sufficient, but please preview all uploaded documents to ensure legibility.
Additional Requirements for International Students
- IELTS: Minimum score: 7. To register for a test, visit ielts.org. Applicants who are tested after December 31 will not be considered for admission.
Note: CMS does not accept the TOEFL exam.
- An English Evaluation Test (EET) 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.
In the past, we have been able to offer most of our incoming graduate students Research Assistantships or Fellowships to cover tuition and fees and provide a modest stipend. While we cannot guarantee financial support, our goal is to continue to provide funding to those incoming graduate students who seek it. To be considered for funding, please fill out the Financial Information Form in the application and indicate which of our ongoing Research Projects you would be most interested in working with. More information about our research projects can be found here: http://cms.mit.edu/research/projects.php.
Information on tuition rates and external funding can be found at these sites:
Online and on-campus information sessions are offered from September through early December. These sessions provide a great way to speak with CMS faculty, students/alums, and research managers; to ask any unanswered questions you may have; and to get a better feel for the program. We encourage all prospective students to participate.
- Thursday, September 20, 2012, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
- Thursday, October 25, 2012, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
If you would like to attend an on-campus info session, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thursday, October 4, 2012, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM US Eastern Time
- Thursday, November 1, 2012, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM US Eastern Time
RSVP not required for online sessions. To participate, simply visit our Info Sessions Event Page during session hours.
Previous Session Transcripts
Transcripts are available from the following previous online sessions:
Online application becomes available
|September - November||
Admissions Information Sessions
|October and November||
Take GRE and IELTS standardized tests
Admission Offers issued
Admitted Students visit CMS (optional)
Deadline for admitted students to notify CMS of acceptance
|Last week of August||