Master of Science in Digital Media

Program Description

The Master of Science in Digital Media is a 37 credit program that prepares U.S. and international students having an undergraduate background in communications for successful careers in the field of digital media (video, audio, desktop publishing, and web technologies). The program's goal is to develop professionals who will be able to:

  • Explain and apply appropriate information technologies and to employ methodologies to help individuals or organizations achieve their goals and objectives through use of digital media
  • Manage digital media resources of individuals or organizations
  • Anticipate the changing direction of digital media
  • Evaluate and communicate the likely utility of new technologies
  • Live and work as a contributing, well-rounded member of society through ethical application of digital media resources
In accomplishing these goals the program will:
  • Familiarize students with the technology/skills required to be sucessful in the field of digital media
  • Provide hands-on experience that culminates in a practical project
  • Enable students to integrate management skills and ethical perspectives into their study
  • Prepare students for employment in the field of Digital Media


Check out this video from a Valpo Digital Media grad student

Play Video Digital Media, Tatianah Green



Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.  In addition, applicants should have at least an undergraduate minor in Communication or one of its components.  Students are strongly encouraged to begin the program in the summer.


The Master of Science in Digital Media may be completed in 12 to 18 months.  The program requires Core Competencies, Additional Competencies, Experiential, and Elective coursework in the Department of Communication and selected other units.  Two major projects utilizing multiple digital media components, with presentation to the faculty and students of the Department of Communication, are required.

Core Requirements (16 cr)
 COMM 500 
 Graduate Digital Media
 3 cr
 COMM 596
 Video Production
 3 cr
 COMM 597  Audio Editing
 3 cr
 COMM 598      Graphic Design and Digital Publishing
 3 cr
 COMM 599      Multi-Media and Web Design  3 cr
 COMM 600        Communication Technology Forum  1 cr
 Supporting Competencies (9 cr)
 One Course from the following options 
 COMM 601
 Social Media 
 3 cr 
 COMM 602  Ethical Issues in Digital Media
 3 cr
 COMM 603  Legal Environment of Digital Media  3 cr
 Management (3 cr)
 One course from the following options
 ICP 620  Cross-Cultural Management  3 cr
 ICP 621
 Global Leadership & Team Development  3 cr
 IT 640  System Integration and Administration  3 cr
 Communication (3 cr)
 Three credits in Communication (as approved by the program director)
 Experiential Training  (6 cr)
 COMM 700
 Graduate Project in Digital Media
 3 cr
 COMM 701 
 Graduate Project II in Digital Media  3 cr
 Note: Students may substitute 3 credits of COMM 687 for COMM 700 requirement 
 upon approval of the graduate program director

 Electives (6 cr)
 Six credits from courses listed above and not previously used
 or as approved by the program director 


Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates

Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in Digital Media prior to graduation.  This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs.  For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.

Financial Considerations
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $595 per credit hour which is highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality.
Full-time graduate students pay a $189 general fee each fall and spring semester. Part-time graduate students pay a $101 general fee each fall and spring semester.  Financial aid is available through direct and indirect student loans for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Because most course offerings are scheduled for the evening, many students hold part- or full-time employment during their study.

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