The PhD program in Cinema and Media Studies aims to prepare students for independent work as scholars, researchers, teachers, and critics by developing their individual abilities to pose and investigate problems in the advanced study of Cinema and Media. Each student who is admitted to the PhD program receives a five-year fellowship, which includes a tuition waiver, a generous living stipend, four summer research grants, and health insurance. The program also provides students with many different opportunities to gain teaching experience, including serving as a course assistant in a faculty-taught course, teaching a self-designed or core introductory course in the departmental undergraduate curriculum.
The Joint PhD Program in Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) allows students to complement their doctoral studies in Cinema and Media Studies with a program of study in TAPS that reflects their particular training and interests, encompassing both academic and artistic work. Please visit the TAPS graduate program website for additional information on the joint program.
We thank you for your interest in the University of Chicago's PhD program in Cinema and Media Studies. Please visit our Graduate Program pages for more comprehensive information about our PhD program. The Department of Cinema and Media Studies admits students to its PhD program only – any prospective students interested in master's-level work should consider applying to the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. MAPH provides students with strong pedagogical support, including a core course in interpretive theory and master's thesis workshops. Students in the MAPH program can focus in Cinema Studies and work closely with CMS faculty.
Comprehensive information about undergraduate studies in Cinema and Media Studies (both the Major and Minor program) can be found in the Undergraduate Program section.
For further information about applying to the College, please refer to College Admissions. The undergraduate application process is the same for all students regardless of their intended major. Students in the College are not required to make a final decision about their major until their third year of study.
If you have further questions about undergraduate studies in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, or are interested in visiting the department or the Film Studies Center, please contact Traci Verleyen, the Department Coordinator, or Claire Ptaschinski, the Department Assistant, or the Department's general email email@example.com.
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