Master of Arts Program: Careers for the Information Age

Information technology and media continues to reshape how we live and work. Today’s knowledge-intensive economy requires professionals who understand how it can be used to build more competitive businesses and improve the world. This website is a dedicated resource for those interested in graduate studies in Media and Information; you may also visit the main website of the Department of Media and Information.

Why Earn a Master’s in Media and Information?

Using the latest tools and cutting-edge knowledge, we help you develop capabilities that place you at the forefront of advanced communications and media. We offer a variety of courses and pathways through our program that allow you to customize your experience to help you meet your future goals. You can explore a variety of routes through our program below, or create your own path:

Master’s in Media and Information focus areas

+ USER EXPERIENCE (UX)

UX is a growing field that encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with information, products, and services made available through information and communication technologies. UX approaches also take into account the organization’s goals and objectives, and aim to inform or optimize the design of interactive systems through theoretically-informed, empirically validated best practices. Career paths include user experience researcher, designer, analyst, or lead; usability tester; interaction designer; information architect; web application front-end developer.
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+ MANAGEMENT

This area focuses on introducing core principles of management, as applied to media and information, and the applications of new media and information technologies and services for all types of organizations. It is ideal for students with an entrepreneurial mindset; those seeking to build or manage media and information enterprises; or those aspiring to become a manager of new media and information systems and services in for- and not-for-profit organizations.
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+ POLICY & SOCIETY

Policy and Society focuses on understanding the social and economic implications of new media and information technologies and services. It introduces students to current theories and ways of studying media and information, both in the US and from a global perspective, in order to inform research, policy making, and practice. It is ideal for students seeking to pursue doctoral level study or to use new media and information for business, government, nonprofits, and society as a whole.
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+ GAMES, FILM & TRANSMEDIA PRODUCTION

The term “Transmedia” has been used to describe the way that stories are increasingly told through interconnected experiences across multiple media platforms such as films, games, virtual reality, mobile apps, social media, and comics. Transmedia is commonly used as an approach for expanding the outreach and social impact of any given form of storytelling. This is a “studio” focused area, with the production of media products in collaboration with peers within the concentration and with undergraduate students interested in working on these various forms of storytelling media.
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+ Serious Game Design & Research Graduate Certificate

Our modular and flexible curriculum design allows M.A. students the option to acquire a Serious Game Design and Research Certificate while working toward their M.A. degree. Games are increasingly used for purposes other than entertainment: to train professionals, to educate customers, and to stimulate lifelong learning.
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