MS in Media Ventures

This is an advanced degree program for creative, enterprising people who want to learn the skills and strategies to bring their new ideas to the marketplace. The emphasis is on how content and technology are used to create something new and profitable. The goal of the Media Ventures program is to create a bridge to industry opportunities where innovation is key.

The MS in Media Ventures is a 12-month, three-semester, bi-coastal program that benefits from the strengths of both the Boston University College of Communication and the BU Los Angeles program. Students come with an idea for a new media business, product, or service. They spend the fall semester in Boston where they begin to develop their idea, complete with pitch, prototype, business, and marketing plans. The spring and summer semesters will be spent at the BU Los Angeles program where, along with courses, students will complete two internships. At the conclusion of the program, students will pitch their capstone projects to a group of industry executives.


Fall Semester (Boston campus)

  • COM FT 701 Media in Evolution (4 cr)
  • COM FT 554 The Media Money Trail: Funding, Expansion, and the Road to Profitability
  • COM FT 728 Creating New Ideas (4 cr)
  • COM EM 500 Emerging Media Studies (4 cr)
  • Elective (students may choose one course from a list of electives in Journalism, Film and Television, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations, and Emerging Media Studies)

Spring Semester (Los Angeles Program)

  • COM CM 561 HL B1 Multi-Platform Entertainment Marketing: Design Thinking
  • COM CM 561 HW Careers in the Entertainment Industry
  • COM FT 552 Modern Media Ventures (4 cr)
  • COM FT 953 Internship (4 cr)

The Spring Semester also includes two thesis workshops. The first focuses on the steps the students must take to refine their individual thesis projects. The second is an intense workshop in presentation skills.

Summer Semester (Los Angeles Program)

  • COM FT 856 Graduate Media Seminar
  • COM FT 954 Internship (4 cr)
  • COM FT 825 Thesis Project (4 cr)