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
Curriculum

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 Competencies
COMM 500 Graduate Digital Media 3 credits
COMM 596 Video Production 3 credits
COMM 597 Audio Editing 3 credits
COMM 598 Graphic Design and Digital Publishing 3 credits
COMM 599 Multi-Media and Web Design 3 credits
COMM 600 Communication Technology Forum 1 credit
Supporting Competencies
Social, Ethical, and Legal Dimensions

One course from the following options:

  • COMM 601 Social Media
  • COMM 602 Ethical Issues in Digital Media
  • COMM 603 Legal Environment of Digital Media
3 credits
Management

One course from the following options:

  • ICP 620 Cross-Cultural Management
  • ICP 621 Global Leadership and Team Development
  • IT 640 System Integration and Administration
 3 credits
Communication

Three credits in communication (as approved by the program director)

 3 credits
 Experiential Training
COMM 700 Graduate Project I in Digital Media
(Students may substitute 3 credits of COMM 687, upon approval of the graduate program director.)
3 credits
COMM 701 Graduate Project II in Digital Media 3 credits
 Electives
Six credits from courses listed above and not previously used, or as approved by the program director 6 credits
TOTAL 37 credits
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 Graduate Courses
Coursework in the Department of Communication investigates the ways we express ideas — from public speaking to social media to corporate communication.
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