Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Graduate Study

The Department of Media and Information offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts degree and participates in the doctoral program in Information and Media. A Graduate Certificate in Serious Game Design and Research is also available.

Academic standards for admission and retention; degree requirements; and residence, transfer credit, and time limit requirements are in accordance with the regulations of the university and the college.

Students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs in the Department of Media and Information may elect an Interdepartmental Specialization in Cognitive Science. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Cognitive Science in the College of Social Science section of this catalog. For additional information, contact the Department of Media and Information.


Media and Information - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts program in Media and Information prepares students for a broad range of professional positions in the fast-growing media and information sector. The flexible curriculum allows students to put together a customized program of study or to focus in one of three high-demand careers: user experience, management of media and information industries, and transmedia production (with an emphasis on film and/or games). The degree program also prepares students for further study at the doctoral level. Upon completion of this degree program graduates should possess a broad disciplinary base in the theory, methods, technology, design, and management of media and information in organizations and society.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Admission is determined by an evaluation of information regarding the applicant's academic record, goals and interests, experience, personal references, scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and other materials submitted as indicators of intellectual promise.

A bachelor's degree is required. As an interdisciplinary program, multiple backgrounds are suitable for admission to this program. Although evidence other than grades influences the admission decision, the department uses the following guideline: students whose grade–point averages for the third and fourth years of undergraduate study are 3.25 or better are admitted to regular status. Students whose grade–point averages are below 3.25 may be admitted to provisional status. Students whose grade–point averages are below 3.00 are rarely admitted.

Students may enter the program either during fall or the spring semester. However, it is highly recommended that students start their program in the fall. Additional current information may be obtained from the department’s Web site http://tism.msu.edu/ or the Director of M.A. Studies.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Media and Information

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the master’s degree in media and information under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

1. Students must complete 15 credits from the following courses:
MI 803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 3
MI 820 Theories of Media and Information 3
MI 830 Foundations of Serious Games 3
MI 831 Theories of Games and Interaction Design 3
MI 839 Game and Film Design Studio I 3
MI 841 Understanding Users 3
MI 844 Interaction Design 3
MI 845 Interactive Usability and Accessibility: Design and Evaluation 3
MI 846 Game and Film Design Studio II 3
MI 850 Media and Information Policy 3
MI 851 Understanding and Managing Social Media 3
MI 852 Media and Information Economics 3
MI 861 Media and Information Technologies in Organizations 3
MI 862 Managing Digital Enterprises 3
MI 875 Information and Communication Technology and Development 3
MI 877 Global Media and Communications 3
2. Additional elective course work at the 400-level or above to meet the 30 credits required for the degree. The course work must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Not more than 6 elective credits may be taken from outside the college except through joint programs such as the Graduate Specialization in Management of Information Technology. Not more than 6 credits in media and information independent study or internship courses combined may be counted toward the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Media and Information.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
MI 899 Master’s Thesis Research 4 to 6
Additional Requirements for Plan B
1. One of the following:
MI 898 Master’s Project 4 to 6
or
Completion of a comprehensive examination.


Serious Game Design and Research - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Serious Game Design and Research is designed for game industry professionals already versed in game design who want to expand their knowledge to the domain of serious games, professional educators and educational technology specialists who want to understand how and why games can be used for learning, and graduate students who would like to add expertise in serious games to their courses of study. The certificate program exposes students to the state of the art in different strands of serious games such as games for learning, corporate training, newsgames, games for health, exergames, military games, and games for social change; distribution; industry structure; and theories and methods of game design.

Admission

To be considered for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Serious Game Design and Research, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Serious Game Design and Research

               
Students must complete the following (9 credits):  
1. All of the following course (9 credits):  
  MI 830 Foundations of Serious Games 3
  MI 831 Theories of Games and Interaction Design 3
  MI 841 Understanding Users 3

Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at MSU may substitute an alternative course for MI 841. This course must be related to the need for, or evaluation of, serious games. It must be selected to contribute to each student’s development of expertise and research in the chosen discipline. This alternative course must be approved by the advisor for the Graduate Certificate in Serious Game Design and Research.

 


Graduate Specialization in Management of Information Technology

The Graduate Specialization in Management of Information Technology, which is administered by the Department of Media and Information, is available to students enrolled in the Master of Arts degree in Media and Information. With the approval of the student’s academic advisor, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the master’s degree.

The specialization is intended for students who want to study the management of information technology, based upon a cooperation between the Department of Media and Information, and the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Eli Broad College of Business.

The specialization is designed to provide multiple perspectives on how information and communication technology affect the workplace, and how these technologies can be implemented in effective ways.  Students will train for roles in organizations where they will be designing, implementing and evaluating information and communication technology.  Areas of focus include business processes, the interaction of social and technical systems within organizations, design of information technology systems, and evaluation of technology within organizations.

Admission

Students must apply to the department in writing, and fill out a plan of study prior to admission to the specialization.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Management of Information Technology

1. All of the following courses (9 credits):
ACC 821 Enterprise Database Systems 3
MI 861 Media and Information Technologies in Organizations 3
MI 862 Managing Digital Enterprises 3
2. Two courses selected from the following (6 credits):
ACC 822 Information Systems Project Management 3
ACC 823 Advanced Enterprise Database Systems 3
ACC 825 Object-Oriented Business Information Systems 3
ACC 826 Enterprise Information Systems 3
ACC 843 Value Chain Accounting and Analytics 3
ACC 890 Independent Study 3
ITM 881 Network Analytics 3
MKT 829 Marketing Technology and Analytics 3


Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Media and Information participates in the doctoral program in  Information and Media. This program is described under the College of Communication Arts and Sciences listing.