1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Major Application

PLEASE NOTE: COVID Related Concerns

1.    If you earned one or more grades of “CR” in Spring 2020, your application to the major will receive equal, fair consideration. The Admissions Committee will not favor or prioritize students who chose the grading option.

*Your student ID number without dashes.
Incoming transfer students may receive a provisional acceptance to the major. Review of a provisional acceptance will be based on the successful completion of MDST 2000 in the Fall and your overall academic performance for the semester.
If you are planning to double major, please enter your other major here.

Media Studies Mission Statement: 

Our goal is to provide students with the tools to evaluate and shape media. With global reach, our faculty and students examine media from a variety of perspectives that include media history, aesthetics and form, audience analysis, media uses, the impact of media on public opinion, and the relations between media and the law, including free speech issues, as well as the commerce and regulation of media in the public sphere. The department engages the role of media in these social arrangements through a combination of humanistic and social scientific approaches. We further focus on connecting with media stakeholders, drawing on close proximity and connection to Washington, DC and other national media centers to explore the global questions of the field.


Write a short (300-500 word) essay explaining your academic interests in media studies, focusing on a specific reading, text, or issue from a MDST class which captured your imagination or sparked lines of inquiry. This essay might also describe what drew you to the major or a specific phenomenon or topic that you are curious about and hope to explore through the major. As you proceed, please consider how your interests intersect with the department’s mission. (NOTE: We are NOT asking you to write about your professional ambitions or for a list of classes.) Word limit: 500. Additional text will be ignored.
What skills, experiences, and perspectives will enable you to make valuable contributions to the major? Word limit: 300. Additional text will be ignored.

Please enter the grade you earned if you have completed this core courses. Enter "E" if currently enrolled. For ENWR, enter the course and the grade in this format ENWR 1505-B+.

Please enter any other courses you have taken that are accepted toward the major in the following fields. Please use this format: MDST 3559-News Media: C+ (Course number-name: grade). Use "E" for the grade if you are currently enrolled.
If you have additional courses, please include them here in this format: Course Number-Title: Grade; (example MDST 3559-News Media:B)
Please provide the name and email address for one faculty member (or TA) from the College who has agreed to act as your reference (not required for incoming transfer students).

Need help calculating your Media Studies gpa? See: http://sfs.virginia.edu/SAP/GPAcalc

Word limit: 100. Additional text will be ignored.

Applications are due on August 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Late applications will not be processed.