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Multidisciplinary Studies

Design your own plan of study by completing at least two College of Media minors plus one College of Media shared minor or a minor outside of the College.

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What is Multidisciplinary Studies at WVU like?


The Reed College of Media’s MDS major allows students with an interest in specific media careers the opportunity to build a customized course of study that aligns with their goals. Through hands-on courses, students will gain professional skills that are relevant to today’s – and tomorrow’s – media industry.

College of Media MDS majors complete at least two College of Media minors plus one College of Media shared minor or a minor outside of the College.

College of Media minors include:

  • Advertising
  • Entertainment Media
  • Event Planning
  • Health Promotion
  • Interactive Media Design (shared with the College of Creative Arts)
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Sport Communication (shared with the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences)
  • Strategic Social Media

All minors except for Interactive Media Design and Journalism can be completed entirely online. Even in the online minors, students still have the option of taking some courses on ground.

To be accepted into the College of Media MDS program, students must have at least 29 completed earned hours and a 2.5 overall GPA. Students with a GPA less than 2.5 but greater than or equal to 2.0 may be admitted into the program after completion of JRL 215 with a grade of C- or higher. To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.

WVU News Wednesdays

Students interested in television journalism, check out our WVU News Wednesday options on November 14. Come to campus, watch a WVU News taping and tour our traditional space in Martin Hall and our Media Innovation Center. More dates will be available in the spring. To register, please contact Whitney Godwin at

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Cost and Aid

How much does Multidisciplinary Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $396
Per Semester $4,752
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,504
Per Credit $1,076
Per Semester $12,912
Fall and Spring Semesters $25,824
Per Credit $1,076
Per Semester $13,212
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,424
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Incoming freshmen to the Reed College of Media may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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What are the requirements to apply for Multidisciplinary Studies at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet one of these admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year:

For direct admission to the Reed College of Media for non-residents:
  • GPA: 2.50
  • ACT Composite: 21
  • SAT EBRW and Math: 1070
For direct admission to the Reed College of Media for residents:
  • GPA: 2.00
  • ACT Composite: 19
  • SAT EBRW and Math: 990

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Multidisciplinary Studies major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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