Nesima Aberra, SOC/MA '17
There are a lot more opportunities out there to create something that matters.
Nesima Aberra loves storytelling, but believes we need to expand where and how stories are told and who tells them. At AU, she explored how media shapes the way we understand our world through innovative, thoughtful, and relevant stories. Through her Dean's Internship at VOX, she's learned how to find compelling human interest angles in more complex news events. Now she's more excited than ever to use literary journalism to change the way people think and feel and help make our society more informed and empowered.
The MA in Global Media is offered jointly by the School of Communication and the School of International Service. You may apply through either school—applications are reviewed jointly by both schools, and both need to agree on student admission.
Students generally complete more of their electives in their home school (the school through which they apply) and they receive their diplomas from their home school, but the core requirements for the program are identical in either case. You will take courses in both schools, which will help you develop a deep understanding of the economic, cultural, and geopolitical roles of global communication and how global media operates.
The School of Communication operates on a rolling admissions basis for our graduate programs. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis until programs reach capacity.
Our new Global Media master's is a restructuring of our former MA in International Media. The new program better aligns with the trends in the field, capitalizing on expanded resources and new course offerings. At the same time, the curriculum has been streamlined from 45 credits to 39 credits.
The redesigned degree takes into account global reach, audiences, and perspectives to take advantage of new communication technologies and platforms being used by producers and consumers of global media today. The program better responds to the needs and expectations of students with international backgrounds or those with a desire to work internationally.
The School of Communication has a distinct advantage over comparable institutions in the many experiential learning opportunities offered to students. Internships are a way of life here. Graduate students can receive course credit for one internship, but most students have two or three, thanks to faculty and alumni who share their professional contacts.
We have an active and effective alumni mentoring program that will help you build your professional connections and networks. Through our Dean's Internships, we work with world-class partners to connect select, highly-qualified students with meaningful real-world assignments that create future pathways to jobs.