Apply for the Master of Arts in Film Studies at OSU

November 28, 2018

Apply for the Master of Arts in Film Studies at OSU


The Ohio State University Master of Arts in Film Studies

The Ohio State University is now recruiting the second cohort for its new Master of Arts degree in Film Studies. Film Studies at Ohio State is a multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary program, which approaches cinema as both art and as international social practice. OSU Film Studies is committed to the recruitment of a diverse student body. 

The M.A. at OSU will give students substantial advanced training in film analysis, history, and theory, and afford students an opportunity to learn about various film-related disciplines in order to make an informed career choice. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers in many non-production, film-related fields, including development, distribution, journalism, archival work, film programming, and marketing. We welcome applications from students who have some background in film studies but whose undergraduate major was in a non-film studies department (English, History, foreign languages & literatures, Art History, etc.) and who are looking to re-orient their career trajectory or to prepare for further study: the M.A. in Film Studies will provide a well-balanced foundation for students seeking to apply to highly competitive Ph.D. programs in cinema and media studies.

Students pursuing the M.A. in Film Studies at Ohio State will take four core courses in film history, film theory, and film language, and at least six elective courses concentrating on specific traditions, critical schools, directors, genres, production contexts, or screenwriting. These electives, one of which must be a course in film production, come from the Departments of Comparative Studies, Eastern Asian Languages, French and Italian, Germanic Language and Literatures, History of Art, Slavic and Eastern European Languages, Spanish and Portuguese, Theatre, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.  Film Studies M.A. Students will be required to show proficiency in one foreign language, and will complete a thesis before graduation, under the tutelage of one of the more than 25 tenure stream faculty members who teach in our program. (See our faculty profiles here.

The City of Columbus offers students access to a vibrant and varied set of film, video, and new media programming and events, and the OSU Film Studies program has very close ties with the Wexner Center for Performing Arts (, the Gateway Film Center (, the Cohen Media Group (, the Columbus International and Video Festival (, the Columbus Moving Image Art Review (, and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (, among other local film and arts institutions, publications, and annual events.

For further information, please visit our Graduate Studies page at  and the OSU Graduate School admissions webpage

For specific questions, please contact Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Margaret C. Flinn ( or the Program Coordinator, Matthew Swift (