Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Media and Information

Graduate Study
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.