2022 Media Studies Major Applications

  • Standard Application
    • Spring 2022 Application Period:
      • January 11, 2022 – April 30, 2022 
    • Summer/Fall 2022 Application Period:
      • June 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022
  • Appeal Application
    • Spring 2022 Application Periods:
      • January 11, 2022 – January 28, 2022
      • February 21, 2022 – February 26, 2022
    • Fall 2022 Application Periods:
      • August 17, 2022 – September 2, 2022
      • September 19, 2022 – September 23, 2022

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on the final date in each period above. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

The major application GPA will be based on the letter grades for courses relevant to the major–prerequisite courses and any course applicable to the major requirements. If you have only approved P grades per COVID-19 P grade policies noted on the Media Studies website and it is not possible to calculate an application GPA based on courses relevant to the major, substitute your overall GPA as your major application GPA on the application.

Application qualifications/eligibility

You are eligible to apply to Media Studies after you have completed:

(a) Media Studies 10 (or equivalent*) for a letter grade.

(b) at least two of the remaining three prerequisites. The fourth prerequisite may be in progress at the time of your application; it must be successfully completed by the end of the term in which you apply.

If you have not fulfilled these requirements, you are not eligible to apply.  You have only one opportunity to apply to Media Studies.  Admission decisions are final. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in Fall 2020, all students planning to declare the Media Studies major MUST complete Media Studies 10, W10, or N10 at UC Berkeley.

There are two types of applications:

(1) Standard Application

Students who meet the Standard Application criteria will be admitted to the major; students who meet the following criteria can submit a Standard Application:

  • You have completed Media Studies 10 (or equivalent) and at least 2 of the 3 remaining prerequisites.
  • You have completed 70 or fewer units (excluding AP units, community college units earned while in high school or excess P.E. units–over four–earned at Cal) at the time of application to the major if you began UC Berkeley as a freshman or are applying during your first two semesters at UC Berkeley if you are a transfer student. 
  • You have a minimum GPA of 3.2 in courses applicable to the major. This includes lower division prerequisite and methods courses, upper division electives and the equivalency of transferred course work. Core courses–Media Studies 111/112/113–are to be taken after Media Studies 10 has been completed. If any core courses are completed before applying to the major, the grades for those courses will be included in the application GPA.
  • Beginning in fall 2021, you must have earned a B- or better in Media Studies 10 (or equivalent). This does not apply to spring 2021 major applicants and begins with fall 2021 major applicants.

(2) Appeal Application

If you have completed more than 70 units/are a transfer student in your third semester or more, have less than a B- in Media Studies 10* and/or have less than a 3.2 GPA in Media Studies courses, you will need to submit an Appeal Application. An Appeal Application includes the standard application forms along with a cover letter regarding interest in the major and reason appeal is necessary. Additional documentation may be requested if needed. Appeal applications are reviewed by the faculty.

Standard applications to the major are accepted year-round, except for in May and December. Appeal applications to the major are accepted in the fall and spring semesters, not during the summer; there are two appeal application periods each semester. Students are encouraged to apply during the first application period after meeting eligibility requirements. Application packets are available on the Media Studies home page and on the bulletin board outside the Media Studies office, 239 Evans Hall. See the application packets for additional details.