The master’s program is normally a 10-month, 40-credit program, and includes a final project and participation in a year-long extended group research project seminar, which is known as the Master’s Collaboratory. Though most students complete the degree on a full-time basis, the curriculum may be completed part-time as well.

Students in the MA program are able to complete their degree via one of the following three options. Normally, students select an option during the application process, but you are also able to change this upon completion of your first semester.

Thesis/Pre-Doctoral Option

Students that select the Thesis/Pre-Doctoral option normally seek a more in-depth research experience. Often, these students will apply for entry to a doctoral program following completion of the MA degree. MA students are eligible to apply for the PhD Program in Emerging Media Studies, but admission is not guaranteed.

Please be aware that choosing to complete a thesis could extend your course of study. A thesis may require an additional semester to complete.

Required Classes

4 credits

Drawing on social scientific research and relevant industry examples this course examines topics related to emerging media and new communication technologies. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, economic, and psychological, the course examines underlying dimensions and affordances of "emerging media" and, in turn, the psychological effects and social consequences of these technologies. Applications of theory to a variety of topics and social issues will be discussed. 2nd Semester. 4 Credits.

4 credits

This course familiarizes students with social -scientific methods for large scale data analysis and visualization, including the application of relevant user and concept networks, time and spatial models, sentiment mapping, and comparison of matrices. In addition, the use of germane software in emerging and digital media research is developed. Most importantly, however, this course has a dual structure where students learn to not only carry our advanced analyses of large datasets, they also engage with how to visually represent with a wide-ranging skillset to scrape data, mine data, and present data in fields of specific areas of inquiry.

4 credits

The shift in medial production toward dynamic user-production is harnessed in this class. Students will evaluate and critique prevailing practices in co-creative media output as well as become proficient in developing online media with cutting edge and open source software tools. Technical aspects of this class include HTML5, CSS, and Java Script, as well as audience interfaces and analytics.

4 credits

This year long course introduces students to the theories, method and conventions of applied research in communication and the social sciences. It aims to do this through reading, practical applications and in-class discussions. Students will have the opportunity to work with local organization (the "project sponsor") in the Boston area to design and implement a research project. Throughout the process, students will work closely with their peers, the sponsor and the course instructors to develop the project and to evaluate work in progress.

4 credits

This course offers a critical survey of the cultural, social, and political impacts of emerging communication technologies, as those have advanced over time to contemporarily include online, mobile and social media. Special attention will be paid to networks and their relationship to the ways individuals, groups and organizations communicate within society. Our work here situates the changing nature of networks in media from broadcast network models to social network ones. As such, it is both historically informed and theoretically inclusive. An important component of study also incorporates an immersive social network experiences as part of this class, which is to say that the class becomes its own online social network and students are peer collaborators.

Var credits

Under the close supervision of a faculty member, students will produce an original research publication that makes a contribution to the body of knowledge in the field.

  • COM EM909 Emerging Media Studies Thesis (4 cr.)

Electives

Two electives (8 cr.). Students are encouraged to choose graduate-level courses across COM, BU, and the Boston area consortium that enhance their research interests. Students should pay close attention to pre-requisites for any course they seek to take.

Internship Option

Students that seek a professional career in emerging media immediately following completion of their master’s degree may choose to complete an internship to gain professional experience.

In some cases, the internship option lengthens the program by one semester. The internship option in EMS has the following guidelines:

  1. All students must have their internship approved by the Director of the Division of Emerging Media Studies and the Office of Graduate Affairs.
  2. No student in EMS may complete an internship during Summer Session I.
  3. International students may not complete an internship in their first academic year.
  4. US citizens and permanent residents may not complete an internship in their first semester.
  5. Part-time students must check with the Division of Emerging Media Studies regarding eligibility for an internship.

Required classes

4 credits

Drawing on social scientific research and relevant industry examples this course examines topics related to emerging media and new communication technologies. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, economic, and psychological, the course examines underlying dimensions and affordances of "emerging media" and, in turn, the psychological effects and social consequences of these technologies. Applications of theory to a variety of topics and social issues will be discussed. 2nd Semester. 4 Credits.

4 credits

This course familiarizes students with social -scientific methods for large scale data analysis and visualization, including the application of relevant user and concept networks, time and spatial models, sentiment mapping, and comparison of matrices. In addition, the use of germane software in emerging and digital media research is developed. Most importantly, however, this course has a dual structure where students learn to not only carry our advanced analyses of large datasets, they also engage with how to visually represent with a wide-ranging skillset to scrape data, mine data, and present data in fields of specific areas of inquiry.

4 credits

The shift in medial production toward dynamic user-production is harnessed in this class. Students will evaluate and critique prevailing practices in co-creative media output as well as become proficient in developing online media with cutting edge and open source software tools. Technical aspects of this class include HTML5, CSS, and Java Script, as well as audience interfaces and analytics.

4 credits

This year long course introduces students to the theories, method and conventions of applied research in communication and the social sciences. It aims to do this through reading, practical applications and in-class discussions. Students will have the opportunity to work with local organization (the "project sponsor") in the Boston area to design and implement a research project. Throughout the process, students will work closely with their peers, the sponsor and the course instructors to develop the project and to evaluate work in progress.

4 credits

This course offers a critical survey of the cultural, social, and political impacts of emerging communication technologies, as those have advanced over time to contemporarily include online, mobile and social media. Special attention will be paid to networks and their relationship to the ways individuals, groups and organizations communicate within society. Our work here situates the changing nature of networks in media from broadcast network models to social network ones. As such, it is both historically informed and theoretically inclusive. An important component of study also incorporates an immersive social network experiences as part of this class, which is to say that the class becomes its own online social network and students are peer collaborators.

Var credits

Under the supervision of a media professional, and monitored by a faculty member, students will make a contribution to an industry partner or other organization. This contribution might be in capacities that could include, but are not limited to, roles such as social media management, market research, and data analysis.

2017/18 Internships

Electives

Two electives (8 cr.). Students are encouraged to choose graduate-level courses across COM, BU, and the Boston area consortium that enhance their professional interests. Students should pay close attention to pre-requisites for any course they seek to take.

Professional Option

Students entering the program with prior work experience in a related field may choose to deepen their academic knowledge with additional elective credit. In this option, students are not required to complete an internship or a thesis.

This option is recommended for students who wish to complete the program in 10 months or for part-time students.

4 credits

Drawing on social scientific research and relevant industry examples this course examines topics related to emerging media and new communication technologies. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, economic, and psychological, the course examines underlying dimensions and affordances of "emerging media" and, in turn, the psychological effects and social consequences of these technologies. Applications of theory to a variety of topics and social issues will be discussed. 2nd Semester. 4 Credits.

4 credits

This course familiarizes students with social -scientific methods for large scale data analysis and visualization, including the application of relevant user and concept networks, time and spatial models, sentiment mapping, and comparison of matrices. In addition, the use of germane software in emerging and digital media research is developed. Most importantly, however, this course has a dual structure where students learn to not only carry our advanced analyses of large datasets, they also engage with how to visually represent with a wide-ranging skillset to scrape data, mine data, and present data in fields of specific areas of inquiry.

4 credits

The shift in medial production toward dynamic user-production is harnessed in this class. Students will evaluate and critique prevailing practices in co-creative media output as well as become proficient in developing online media with cutting edge and open source software tools. Technical aspects of this class include HTML5, CSS, and Java Script, as well as audience interfaces and analytics.

4 credits

This year long course introduces students to the theories, method and conventions of applied research in communication and the social sciences. It aims to do this through reading, practical applications and in-class discussions. Students will have the opportunity to work with local organization (the "project sponsor") in the Boston area to design and implement a research project. Throughout the process, students will work closely with their peers, the sponsor and the course instructors to develop the project and to evaluate work in progress.

4 credits

This course offers a critical survey of the cultural, social, and political impacts of emerging communication technologies, as those have advanced over time to contemporarily include online, mobile and social media. Special attention will be paid to networks and their relationship to the ways individuals, groups and organizations communicate within society. Our work here situates the changing nature of networks in media from broadcast network models to social network ones. As such, it is both historically informed and theoretically inclusive. An important component of study also incorporates an immersive social network experiences as part of this class, which is to say that the class becomes its own online social network and students are peer collaborators.

Electives

Three electives (12 cr.). Students are encouraged to choose graduate-level courses across COM, BU, and the Boston area consortium that enhance their research and/or professional interests. Students should pay close attention to pre-requisites for any course they seek to take.

 

Approved Emerging Media Studies MA Electives