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Boston University - College of Communication MS in Television
Boston University - College of Communication

MS in Television

Boston, USA

3 Semesters


Full time

01 May 2024

Sep 2024

USD 30,525 / per semester



With streaming options, top-flight talent, and big budgets, we’re in the midst of TV’s golden age. Will it be your time, too?

No GREs required. Scholarships available.

The Boston University Master of Science in Television is a program for students who dream of a career telling stories. And with so many viewing options and rising demand for content, there’s never been a better time to pursue a career in the television entertainment industry.

COM’s graduate program over three semesters -- two in Boston and one in Boston or Los Angeles -- is one of the few programs dedicated solely to television, and it offers two distinct tracks that bring together the key elements of producing: writing and management.

  • Producing/Writing: This track is designed for students who seek to become award-winning creative forces in the industry. You’ll take writing courses, certainly, but also study theory and criticism for a better, well-rounded understanding of television. Courses are led by professors who have written for some of TV’s most popular primetime dramas and sitcoms.
  • Producing/Management: This track sets students on a path to becoming managers and leaders in the entertainment industry. You’ll gain an understanding of how television has changed ­and will continue to change, as well as how to thrive in such a constantly shifting industry. Courses are led by faculty with deep backgrounds in producing their own award-winning television programs.

You’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to tell compelling stories, develop ideas, and compete successfully in the television field in everything from reality shows and TV dramas to comedies and miniseries. You’ll also receive valuable internship experience working alongside established television professionals while having the option to finish your thesis and classes in Los Angeles for your third (and final) semester.

Scholars and Makers

COM professors, as a group, offer a rare combination of academic rigor and industry experience -- a mix that enriches student education. They are widely published in both the academic and popular press. They have written, directed, and produced feature films and national television series.

Our faculty offer years of experience teaching and mentoring new generations of television enthusiasts preparing for their careers. In the management track, you’ll work closely with a team of award-winning producers. If you’re a writer, you’ll learn from professors who don’t just know TV writing -- they’ve written for popular primetime dramas and sitcoms. We have a track record of producing executives, writers, and producers at the very highest levels of the television industry.

Reel Resources

Opportunities for experience abound. Put your skills to the test by working at our own student-operated station, BUTV10, and our own in-house, student-run agency, Real World Productions.

Attend Cinemathèque, a series of screenings and conversations with film- and television-makers, and enjoy full access to BU’s Kasker film and video resource center with 16mm prints and rarities at the Mugar Memorial Library on campus. Enjoy complimentary screenings, too, at the nearby Harvard Film Archive, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Brattle Theatre.

Students in the program often land summer internships with area television studios such as GBH, producers of national PBS programs, or attend BU study programs in London, Los Angeles, and Sydney.



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