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 and must be sent to mediastudies_advising@berkeley.edu per the application instructions. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

Spring 2023 Media Studies Major Applications will be available on the Media Studies homepage under Announcements and this page in mid-December 2022. Application periods will be begin in January 2023 and will differ from Spring 2023 application periods. Check back mid-December for details.

Application qualifications/eligibility

You are eligible to apply to Media Studies when you have completed all four prerequisites OR you have completed three prerequisites, including Media Studies 10*, and are currently taking the fourth prerequisite, which 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 to the major.

You have only one opportunity to apply to Media Studies.  Admission decisions are final.

* Beginning Fall 2020, all students planning to declare the Media Studies major MUST complete Media Studies 10 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 three criteria can submit a Standard Application:

  • For Students Who Began as Freshmen: You have completed 70 or fewer units (excluding exam units, community college units earned while in high school, and excess P.E. units–over four–earned at Cal) at the time of application to the major.
  • For Students Who Began as Junior Transfer Students: You must apply during either your first or second semester at Cal, depending on when you are eligible to apply. 
  • For All Students: 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 111/112/113/114–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 major application GPA. Note: All courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade. See COVID-19 P grade policies affecting specific terms and students for possible exceptions.
  • For All Students: Beginning in fall 2021, you must have earned a B- or better in Media Studies 10 (or equivalent). This began with fall 2021 major applications.

(2) Appeal Application

If you have not satisfied one to three of the three criteria listed above to submit a Standard Application, you may submit an Appeal Application. An Appeal Application includes the standard application forms along with a cover letter regarding why the appeal application is necessary and your academic interest in the major. Additional documentation may be requested if needed. Appeal applications are subject to Media Studies Faculty review. Application decisions are sent by email. All decisions are final.

Application Periods

There are designated standard application periods in the fall, spring and summer. There are designated appeal application periods in the fall and spring only. Applications are not accepted outside the application periods. The application periods may change each year. Check the current year’s application for designated times to apply. It is recommended that students apply at the beginning of the earliest application period that they are eligible since processing applications takes time.