Digital Media

The Master of Science in digital media is a 37-credit program that prepares U.S. and international students successful careers in the field of digital media (video, audio, desktop publishing, and web technologies). Students should have at least an undergraduate minor in communication or one of its components.

The program aims to develop professionals who will be able to:

  • Explain and apply appropriate technologies and methodologies to help individuals or organizations achieve their goals through the use of digital media
  • Manage the 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 contributing, well-rounded members of society through ethical application of digital media resources

In accomplishing these goals, the program will:

  • Familiarize students with the technology and skills required to be successful 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


The Master of Science in digital media may be completed in 15 to 18 months. International students are strongly recommended to take 24 months to complete the degree program. The program requires core competencies, supporting competencies, experiential and elective coursework in the communication department, and other selected programs. Two major projects utilizing multiple digital media components, with presentation to the faculty and students of the communication department, are required.

Some program coursework is available online during the late summer; otherwise, students are strongly encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester.

Core Competencies16 credits
CVA 500Graduate Digital Media3 credits
CVA 596Cinema Production3 credits
CVA 597Audio Production3 credits
CVA 598Visual Communication3 credits
CVA 599Web Design3 credits
Add One Course from the following Options:
GRD 683Career and Professional Development1 credit
GRD 500Graduate Academic Success1 credit
Supporting Competencies
Social, Ethical, Legal, and Management Dimensions
CVA 512Leadership Communications3 credits
CVA 570 Communication Law and Ethics3 credits
CVA 572Intellectual Property3 credits
CVA 601Social Media3 credits
CVA 603Legal Environment of Digital Media3 credits
ICP 620Cross-Cultural Management3 credits
ICP 621Global Leadership and Team Development3 credits
Take six credits from the following options:
12 credits
CVA 590Special Topics in Communication3 credits
CVA 591Applied Topics in Communication3 credits
CVA 592 Special topics in communication Practice & Theory3 credits
CVA 700Graduate Project I in Digital Media3 credits
CVA 701 Graduate Project II in Digital Media3 credits
Note: Students may substitute 3 credits of COMM 687, or other courses as approved by the program director, for the COMM 701 requirement.
Six credits from courses listed above and not previously used, or as approved by the program director6 credits
Total37 credits

Graduate Courses

Coursework in the Department of Communication investigates the ways we express ideas — from public speaking to social media to corporate communication.