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Whether you’re browsing a website, texting friends, updating a profile, tweeting, using a cell phone, sending an e-mail, or writing a paper, you are engaged with emerging media. Today, the media landscape constantly shifts to accommodate and negotiate the influxes of new technologies, and the social and economic changes that accompany them. So, how do you learn to navigate and analyze an industry that’s continuously evolving? It’s clear that today’s media requires an understanding of not just communications, but also the human processes by which emerging media are developed, marketed, used, and inevitably shaped and reshaped by users.

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Graduate Programs



Boston University’s new Division of Emerging Media Studies will give you a strong foundation in both. The Division’s groundbreaking master’s degree program and first PhD program can prepare you for a vital role among the leaders, scholars, teachers, and collaborators of the world’s media future.

What is Emerging Media Studies?

Emerging media is the continuously changing, evolving, and adaptive use of technology and digital content and its relationship to work, play, and learning. Emerging media studies the processes of both expanding and diminishing access to information on the basis of time and space constraints, and its effects, ripples, and interplay within and between institutions, politics, and social relationships between people.

Emerging Media Studies is a multidisciplinary field integrating critical analysis, creativity and communication into strategies for effective business, entertainment, education and research use through the examination of social networks, new media, and virtual worlds. Located within the College of Communication and through a range of disciplines including media studies, communication, psychology, art, history, writing, philosophy, and sociology, our programs address the importance of understanding the social and cultural implications of an “always on” world.

Graduate Student Conference 2015

#Screentime: Integrated Communication, Digital Diffusion, and the Networked Era

The graduate students of Boston University’s Division of Emerging Media Studies invite abstracts for their inaugural Conference on Emerging Media.

Deadline for Abstracts: May 15, 2015

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on a rolling basis and no later than June 1, 2015.

Conference Date: June 25, 2015, BU College of Communication, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore the Forces that Drive New Media

Discover how and why certain media channels are adopted or rejected, used, misused, and changed by ordinary people as well as the tech-savvy. Rather than focusing on particular communication tools like cell phones or social networks, you’ll study the social science behind emerging media and the social issues that arise as a result. Issues confronting us every day, from interpersonal relationships to national questions of privacy.

Become an Expert in Research and Analysis

With grounding in the fundamentals of media technology, you’ll concentrate on methods of understanding and evaluating media, such as ethnography and survey sampling. Then you’ll learn to interpret research data using the latest analytical techniques. Exciting new developments in data visualization, data mining, and data scraping of “big data” are a few of the tools you’ll master.

Gain an Edge in an Emerging Career Field

As demand for web-based publications and interactive media continues to grow, professionals educated in emerging media communication and marketing, especially those with knowledge and experience addressing online audiences, are in high demand. Only a select few universities offer programs focused on this important field. As an Emerging Media Studies graduate from Boston University, you’ll enter the job market armed with three big advantages: an exceptional education, impressive examples of real-world projects, and a network of 30,000 BU alumni to help launch and accelerate your career. COM graduates in particular are among the most successful leaders in their professions.

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