Graduate Programs

Degree Programs

Master of Science
Media Arts and Science

Master of Science in Media Arts and Science

The M.S. in Media Arts and Science is an applied program emphasizing integrated digital media communication skills and expertise. In addition to a set of Core media classes, the program can be customized with study in other fields, including media production, design thinking and usability analysis, psychology, communication theory, information management, and computing. A year-long, six-credit project or thesis is required. 

Completion of 36 credit hours is required, with 9 hours of Core classes, 6 hours of project or thesis work, and 21 hours of electives. All courses are at the 500-level and above.  Students are expected to take the Core classes as early as possible in their course of study. 

Full-time students can complete the program in two years.  Part-time study is possible.  The program accommodates working professionals with many evening courses and a flexible timetable for degree completion.


Applications for admission are submitted directly to the School.  An applicant to the graduate program must have a four-year bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

In the general case, applicants to the MAS program are expected to have at least some prior experience in creating digital media.  A portfolio documenting prior work and/or expertise is required as part of the application.  The portfolio can be supplied on a CD/DVD or through a link to a Web site.  

Applicants without a portfolio in digital media are also welcome to apply.  In this case, other evidence of accomplishment -- such as an essay, short story, or research paper -- may be submitted as the portfolio.  Applications without such evidence of accomplishment will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.  

Please see the School’s web site ( for full details on the applications process, deadlines, and a link to the on-line application.

Degree Requirements

Completion of 36 credit hours is required, with 9 hours of Core classes, 6 hours of project or thesis work, and 21 hours of electives.

 Core (9 cr.)

  •  NEWM N500 Principles of Multimedia Technology (3 cr., Fall semester)
  • NEWM N501 Foundations of Digital Production (3 cr., Spring semester)
  • NEWM N503 Digital Media Application Design Processes (3 cr., Spring semester)

 Project or Thesis (6 cr.)

  •  NEWM N506 Project/Thesis (3 cr.) Taken twice, in your last two semesters.

 Electives (21 cr.)

  • School of Informatics, Media Arts and Science Program
  • NEWM N502 Digital Media Motion and Simulation Methods
  • NEWM N504 Advanced Interactive Design Applications
  • NEWM N505 Internship in Media Arts
  • NEWM N510 Web Database Concepts
  • NEWM N553 Independent Study (1-3 cr.), can be repeated

School of Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction

Note: completion of this set of courses earns the Graduate Certificate in HCI

  • INFO I541 Interaction Design Practice
  • INFO I561 Meaning and Form in HCI
  • INFO I543 Usability and Evaluative Methods
  • INFO I563 Psychology of HCI
  • INFO I564 Prototyping for Interactive Systems

School of Informatics, Informatics

  • INFO I501 Introduction to Informatics
  • INFO I505 Informatics Project Management
  • INFO I503 Social Impact of Information Technologies
  • INFO I512 Scientific and Clinical Data Management
  • INFO I550 Legal and Business Issues in Informatics
  • INFO I575 Informatics Research Design
  • INFO I590 Topics in Informatics, can be repeated
  • INFO I600 Professionalism and Pedagogy in Informatics
  • INFO I605 Social Foundations of Informatics

 Herron School of Art, Dept of Visual Communication

  • HER V501 Intro to Design Thinking
  • HER V502 Intro to Human Factors in Design
  • HER V511 People-Centered Design Research
  • HER V521 Design Analysis
  • HER V531 Design Synthesis
  • HER V541 Design Evaluation
  • HER H560 Visual Culture: A Visual sudies Approach

 School of Liberal Arts, Dept of Communication Studies, Applied Communication Program

  • COMM C500 Advanced Communication Theory
  • COMM C510 Health Provider-Consumer Communication
  • COMM C526 Effective Media Strategies
  • COMM C531 Media Theory and Criticism
  • COMM C582 Advanced Intercultural Communication
  • COMM C620 Computer-Mediated Communication

 School of Library & Information Science

  • SLIS S503 Organization and Representation of Knowledge & Information
  • SLIS S532 Information Architecture for the Web