Comparative Media Studies

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building 14N-338




Application Opens: 

September 15


January 1



CMS is not accepting applications for the Fall 2022 term. CMS will resume accepting applications in Fall 2022 for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Terms of Enrollment: 

Fall Term (September)


Master of Science in Comparative Media Studies (SM)

Standardized Tests: 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • General test required
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 1601

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 7
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

TOEFL exam scores are not accepted.
Waivers of IELTS may be available.

Areas of Research: 

Not Applicable

Application Requirements: 

Online application
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
English proficiency exam scores
GRE scores
CV or Résumé
Writing sample
Portfolio (optional)

Special Instructions: 

Writing samples are required from all applicants and should consist of an academic research paper or one chapter of a longer project. Non-academic writing, such as journalistic pieces, does not qualify as a writing sample. If the context is not clear, please provide a brief description. If the work represents a collaboration, please explain. Writing samples must be submitted online.

Applicants are required to complete the Record of Courses Taken in Preparation for Graduate Study form. Please list all courses that are relevant to Comparative Media Studies. Group courses by subject area, and complete each column except the one that asks for textbooks used in each course.

Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid should identify at least one research group suitable to their background, academic interests, and research goals. Please visit