Graduate Study Programs in Media Psychology

Media psychology focuses on the psychology behind media and technology use and impact. It is central to understanding behavior within many disciplines, including, in part, technology; public policy and government; telecommunications; software; education; health care; and entertainment.

The roles of media psychologists continue to evolve as the media landscape becomes more complex and fluid. Based on a 1998 study by Luskin and Friedland, the roles media psychologists include making new technologies more effective and user friendly; using new technology to enhance clinical psychology; working in education or training; developing media standards; working in commercial fields; studying sociological and psychological media effects; developing material for challenged populations; working with deviant or criminal populations; writing or being expert guests in various media; consulting with media personnel; researching ways to improve the media.

The field of media psychology is multidisciplinary and is often integrated with or overlaps other areas of study and programs. This list will continue to grow. If you have suggestions or programs that should be included, please contact us.

Media Psychology

  • Fielding Graduate University 
    Fielding Graduate University offers a PhD and an MA in media psychology. Psychology is the foundation of the program, and the program focus is the application of psychology to multi-media and media effects. Fielding Graduate University's School of Educational Leadership and Change also offers an EdD with a concentration in media studies.

  • Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP)
    MSPP’s offers a 10-month accelerated master’s program in media psychology to give students an understanding of the impact and potential of media technologies for individuals and groups. The program focus is how media can be utilized for social change and socially constructive purposes across the domains of entertainment, education, business and government.

Media Communications and Psychology

  • California State University—Los Angeles (CSULA)
    Offers an MA in psychology. Course work can be completed in media psychology with Stuart Fischoff, PhD.

  • Touro University Worldwide (TUW)
    Master's in media and communication pychology: Gain an understanding of 21st-century advances in media and communications in society and the workplace. This media and communications psychology program is fully online. Each student enjoys a convenient quality opportunity to earn a master’s degree at his or her own time and pace while working. Bernard Luskin is professor and director of the media and communications psychology program for TUW. For more information visit the website or contact the Student Information Specialist, Kristen Crandall.

Media Studies and Technology

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    A two-year program leading to MA in Comparative Media Studies (CMS) is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. CMS has been described as focused on the social, cultural, political, legal, and ethical implications of media, in a larger historical context. PhD in Media Arts and Science Program (also known as the Media Lab) is part of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. The Media Lab as been described as a place for designing and developing innovative new technologies.

Communication & Media

  • New York University, Steinhardt School of Education
    Offers both an MA and PhD in educational communication and technology.

  • Stanford University
    Offers a PhD program in communication theory and research. This program prepares students to conduct research on communication processes and effects within social and behavioral sciences. 

  • The New School 
    Offers an MA in media studies. This program explores the relationship between theory and practice across comparative media.

  • University of Chicago
    The cinema and media studies graduate program offers a PhD program that focuses on the history, theory, and criticism of film and media.

  • University of Denver
    UD offers an MA in digital media studies. This program is in partnership with the School of Communication, School of Art and Art History, and the Department of Computer Science.

  • University of Iowa
    UI Offers a graduate program in media studies within the Department of Communication Studies.

International Programs

  • University of Stirling, Scotland
    Offers an MSc/Dip through their film and media studies department. This program also has an online program.

  • University of Sussex, United Kingdom
    Offers two MAs, one in media studies, the other in digital media.

  • Western University, Canada
    The MA in media studies is an interdisciplinary study of media, technology and culture.

Other Resources of Interest

  • Media Studies
    This organization provides links to educational guidelines, international news outlets and other resources for media educators, students and researchers.

These programs listed are for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by APA Div. 46.