M.S. in 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

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 16 credits
COMM 500 Graduate Digital Media 3 credits
COMM 596 Cinema Production 3 credits
COMM 597 Audio Production 3 credits
COMM 598 Visual Communication 3 credits
COMM 599 Web Design 3 credits
Add One Course from the following Options:
GRD 683 Career and Professional Development 1 credit
GRD 500 Graduate Academic Success 1 credit
Supporting Competencies
Social, Ethical, Legal, and Management Dimensions
COMM 512 Leadership Communications 3 credits
COMM 570  Communication Law and Ethics 3 credits
COMM 572 Intellectual Property 3 credits
COMM 601 Social Media 3 credits
COMM 603 Legal Environment of Digital Media 3 credits
ICP 620 Cross-Cultural Management 3 credits
ICP 621 Global Leadership and Team Development 3 credits
Concentration
Take six credits from the following options:
12 credits
COMM 590 Special Topics in Communication 3 credits
COMM 591 Applied Topics in Communication 3 credits
COMM 592  Special topics in communication Practice & Theory 3 credits
COMM 700 Graduate Project I in Digital Media 3 credits
COMM 701  Graduate Project II in Digital Media 3 credits
Note: Students may substitute 3 credits of COMM 687, or other courses as approved by the program director, for the COMM 701 requirement.
Electives
Six credits from courses listed above and not previously used, or as approved by the program director 6 credits
Total 37 credits

Graduate Courses

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