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  • MS in Television Management


    The online Master of Science in Television Management offers professionals advanced business expertise and insight into programming, audience analytics, media technology, finance, and more from the growing fields of television and evolving media. The converged world of television has undergone a sea change in the face of new revenue models, rapidly changing telecommunications policy, evolving technology, shifting audience loyalties, and a volatile global marketplace. This new arena requires skilled and creative professionals who possess the acumen to lead the future of content creation and delivery across all platforms and devices.

    This program is ideal for anyone who is passionate about media, including early to mid-career TV and media professionals, recent college graduates who seek to enter the television industry, professionals from multichannel and broadcasting companies, advertising agencies, and streaming and social media entrepreneurs. Upon graduation, students will be able to manage in television organizations at any level and to understand the new media ecology of a global and digital television landscape.

    Program Features

    • MS or dual MS/MBA degree options
    • Faculty of experienced national media professionals in the country’s 4th largest TV market
    • Curriculum that combines practical and academic coursework, covers management principles and programming strategies, and identifies market research best practices to prepare students for real world work
    • Optional professional internships in Philadelphia, New York or Washington D.C.
    • On-campus orientation prior to start of the program and a mid-program professional residency in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C. 

    Online Open House

    View our previously recorded MS in Television Management Online Open House to learn more about the program and find out why it's the best choice for you.

    For questions, please contact:

    Al Tedesco
    Director, Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    TVMN 605Foundation Seminar in TV Management3.0
    TVMN 610Media Law for Television Management3.0
    TVMN 620Audience Measurement3.0
    TVMN 640Media Ethics of Television Management3.0
    TVMN 650Structure of Television Organizations3.0
    TVMN 710Television Programming3.0
    TVMN 730Emerging TV Technology3.0
    TVMN 740Money and the Media3.0
    TVMN 790Thesis in TV Management3.0
    TVMN 791Thesis Completion *1.0
    Select two of the following:6.0
    TVMN 600
    Television Management Colloquium 
    TVMN 630
    Television Production 
    TVMN 660
    The Social Impact of TV 
    TVMN 670
    The Art of Television 
    TVMN 680
    Management of News and Sports Programming 
    TVMN 698
    Special Topics in TV Mgmt 
    TVMN 699
    Independent Study in TV Mgmt 
    TVMN 700
    Television Practicum 
    TVMN 720
    Television Organization and Operations 
    TVMN 750
    Current Issues in TV Management 
    TVMN 770
    Promotion and PR in the Media 
    Required Business Courses 
    ACCT 601Managerial Accounting3.0
    MGMT 652New Venture Planning3.0
    BUSN 505Financial Performance of the Firm - Accounting1.5
    BUSN 506Financial Performance of the Firm - Finance1.5
    BUSN 507Essentials of Economics I1.5
    BUSN 508Essentials of Economics II1.5
    MKTG 601Marketing Strategy & Planning3.0
    Total Credits49.0


    TVMN 791 is repeatable for credit, at .5 credits per quarter, as needed for thesis completion. You must enroll for a minimum of 2 quarters.

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or above
    • GRE test scores may be required for applicants with less than a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional references preferred)
    • Personal statement (500 words) that addresses:
      • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in television management at Drexel?
      • What do you consider to be the most important problem facing the television industry today, and how will it affect the industry you will manage in the future?
      • What are the short-term and long-term plans for your career in the television industry, and how will a degree in television management at Drexel further those objectives?
      • What was the topic of the best research paper you ever wrote as an undergraduate, and why was it the best? You may submit it if you choose.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1192 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Program Leadership

    Albert S. Tedesco
    Program Director, MS in Television Management

    Al Tedesco directs the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management and advises the Graduate Television Association. He conducts research into the impact of digital media on broadcast television, and is the recipient of a Faculty Development Committee grant to study broadcasters’ response to the challenge of new media. He has worked for more than twenty-five years in television and related communications fields and has extensive experience in the management of publicly and privately held communications companies. He is the president of Medianex, Incorporated, a marketing communications and management-consulting firm, and directs The Documentary Laboratory there. 

    Before joining WWSG-TV in Philadelphia, Al created and directed the foundation-supported and award winning Video Documentary Laboratory at Drexel, where he served as a member of the faculty and designed the university's first communications curriculum. He was the founding Vice-President and General Manager of WWSG-TV57, Philadelphia's first hybrid television station. Channel 57 broadcast FNN (the predecessor to CNBC) during daylight hours, and subscription television in the evening. At Pennsylvania Pay TV, the sister operation of Channel 57, Al managed the Philadelphia metro area's first addressable subscription television service that reached more than 50,000 subscribers. He introduced the first broadcast-based digital electronic billboard system in Philadelphia, and designed and managed its subscriber/advertiser supported infrastructure. He later served as VP for Marketing for Popvision, Philadelphia’s first multi-channel multipoint wireless cable television system.

    Al has conducted research into network television news for the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and served as television and new media consultant to The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He is co-author, with Charles T. Meadow, of Telecommunications for Management, published by McGraw-Hill, one of the first texts to explore the impact of emerging media technologies on the management process. He is the author of studies and papers on new media, television news and drama programming, and has addressed regional and national groups including the NCTA, the Institute for the Future, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the International Communications Association. He serves on the Media Advisory Council of American Insight, a non-profit producer of historical documentaries.

    Michelle Bradsher-McHugh
    Associate Director, MS in Television Management

    Michelle Bradsher-McHugh is Associate Director of Drexel University's Television Management Program. Her dual career path has resulted in extensive knowledge of both the television industry and the fields of communications and marketing. 

    Michelle spent 14 years in the television industry, getting her start as an intern and then weekend associate producer at WGHP-Television in the Greensboro, NC television market. She moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2002, when she was named producer of KYW-Television's 6:00 p.m. newscast. Later, she worked as an Emmy Award winning producer and executive producer at WCAU-Television. She currently serves as President of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Region.

    Most recently, Michelle was Director of Marketing and Communications for Melmark, a not-for-profit organization with service divisions in Berwyn, PA and Andover, MA that is dedicated to providing opportunities for children and adults diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities. Her communications and marketing skills helped get the organization on the TODAY Show, in front of Pope Francis on the World Meeting of Families stage, and in publications throughout the region.

    Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She holds a Masters in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University and has taught undergraduate courses, both online and on-campus, for several years.

    Michelle also serves on the communications committee for the Pennsylvania March of Dimes and on the advisory boards for iHi International as well as the Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Classic for Melmark. She and her husband, CBS3 Photojournalist, Jim McHugh, live in Havertown with their son. 

    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

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    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

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    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

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    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
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    Exams Begin 
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    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

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    March 19, 2018

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    Spring 2018 

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    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

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    September 8, 2018

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