Emory University has a terminal M.A. degree in Film Studies, as well as a Ph.D.
Certificate (we teach and train Ph.D. students in other departments).    A number
of our grads go on for the Ph.D., but others have gotten involved in film
programming (the Atlanta Film Festival and the Dallas Film Festival), in
journalism (of various stripes) and in other communications fields.

We are an anomaly nationally, and on campus, but we thrive. . . . .

More info is at

Matthew Bernstein

Becky Albitz wrote:

> Good Afternoon:
> One career path not mentioned is completing both an MA in Film and a MLS
> (Master's in Library Science).  My original hope was to be a film
> archivist, but those positions are so few and far between that I became a
> media librarian.  I've been fortunate enough to work with some of the best
> faculty in some of the best film programs in the country, and been able to
> use both degrees.
> This certainly was not my intent when I initially entered the MA program in
> Film, but in retrospect it was the best career for me.
> Good luck with your grad school application!
> Becky
> At 12:20 AM 9/19/2002 -0400, you wrote:
> >Hello everyone--
> >
> >     I'd just like to reiterate what David Tetzlaff said in his message, if
> >only as a fair warning to Kelly Shindler and others out there looking to
> >move from the undergrad to grad level of film studies.  The M.A. is not a
> >terminal degree, and most programs want to see evidence of your commitment
> >to their Ph.D. even if you are just coming out of a B.A. program.
> >Personally, I got lucky in getting an M.A. and getting accepted into a
> >different Ph.D. program elsewhere, however, I can tell you that many Ph.D.
> >programs questioned why I did not originally pursue my grad studies in their
> >programs.
> >
> >     One of the not-so-veiled secrets of the grad school business is that
> >Masters degrees provide a lot of cash flow-- especially at programs that
> >invite many students to pursue an M.A. and then admit very few (if any)
> >students to the Ph.D.  Beware of schools like this.  If you want to be a
> >film academic, as David suggests, you must go for the Ph.D. anyway.  If
> >you're just going for the M.A., you may have a second chance later, but
> >you're also taking a very big risk.
> >
> >     At any rate, I would not be discouraged, since there are many ways to
> >become involved in film studies that don't even require a Ph.D.  Yet if you
> >do want to be a film professor, the doctorate is an essential necessity (and
> >lately it seems you also need a book contract and a half-dozen published
> >articles, and an Oscar-winning film would help).  Cast your application net
> >wide and see what you find, and ask everyone you know in the film realm all
> >the questions you can think of.  Don't let anyone tell you that there's one
> >finite solution to becoming involved in film studies-- after all, you can
> >even be a film professor without a Ph.D. at community colleges, and slowly
> >but surely some high schools are hiring film teachers.
> >
> >     I'd be curious to hear the experiences of others on this list who can
> >comment on the M.A. vs. Ph.D. issue.
> >
> >Dr. Timothy Shary
> >Assistant Professor of Screen Studies
> >Traina Center for the Arts
> >Clark University
> >Worcester, MA  01610
> >508-793-7285
> >
> >----
> >Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite
> >
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Matthew Bernstein
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