Master of Science in Global Media and Cultures

The Master of Science in Global Media and Cultures (MSGMC) combines the nationally recognized disciplinary strengths of Georgia Tech’s Schools of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) and Modern Languages (ML) into an exciting multidisciplinary opportunity. The collaboratively taught curriculum offers a humanities-based graduate education to students interested in merging new media skills and competencies with linguistic and intercultural expertise. Multidisciplinary expertise in the study of media forms and technology, along with advanced training in a critical global language, will add value to students who seek employment in international business, government, or global development and service, including those working in organizations focusing on social entrepreneurship, civic engagement, sustainability, advertising, public relations, journalism, and broadcasting. The opportunities for applied cross-cultural and comparative training embedded in the degree will be useful for individuals working as communication managers in corporations, non-profits, and government and for those working in creative media arts, including cinema, and television.

The M.S. in Global Media and Cultures takes one year to complete (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students take 30 credit hours of course work, have a concentration in one of the available languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish), defend a professional portfolio, and complete a final project.

Program of Study

The degree requirements are adaptable for individualized needs and interests. Each student’s course of study will be designed through dual advising by faculty from each School.

Required courses
GMC 6001Introduction to Global Media and Cultures3
GMC 6002Research Methodologies1
GMC 6003Prof Portfolio Media2
LMC courses (6000-level or higher) 16
Modern Languages courses 26
Electives (LMC or ModLang) 36
Culminating Project 46
Total Credit Hours30

Other program guidelines:

  • Required courses, electives, and culminating project should indicate a clear area of specialization in a linguistic, cultural, thematic, or disciplinary area of inquiry.
  • Students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours each in ML and LMC. They may take a maximum of 18 credit hours in one School for their individualized program of study.
  • Students may enroll in Internships (domestic or abroad), Language Practicum courses (domestic or abroad), or Intercultural Seminar for up to 6 credits each. In total, students may count no more than 12 credits of courses in these categories toward the degree. Students may enroll in no more than 3 credits of MS Thesis in Summer Semester.
  • 3 credits of elective coursework can be undertaken in another unit, as per approval by graduate advisor.
  • All students are required to complete a coherent final project that includes substantive analysis and professional application. Projects are highly flexible and individualized to each student; they may take the form of a research project, multimedia project, internship, translation, training module, thesis, or other format.
  • Students completing both a bachelor's and a master's in the same discipline at Georgia Tech may count up to six credit hours of graduate level coursework in that discipline towards both degrees. To qualify, students must complete their undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete the graduate degree within two years after receiving their undergraduate degree.