Master of Arts Program: Careers for the Information Age

We now have a new Media and Information Graduate Studies website! Visit gradstudies.mi.msu.edu for the full description of our MA program.

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Information technology 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.

Our graduate degree in Media and Information and two available transcriptable concentrations offer an immersive student-centered approach to learning. Using the latest tools and cutting-edge knowledge, we help you develop capabilities that place you at the forefront of advanced communications and media.

You can flexibly pursue one of two transcriptable concentrations:

In addition, our modular curriculum design allows you to obtain additional qualifications while working toward the above concentrations:

Our internationally acclaimed, interdisciplinary faculty of 30 professors and industry experts has a strong track record of successful teaching and mentoring.

MI MA Human Computer Interaction
The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) concentration is designed to prepare students and industry professionals for careers in user experience, interaction design, usability, and information architecture. With the pervasive use of information technology across all organizations, these qualifications are highly sought after. Classes emphasize project experience as they cover human-centered design methods, theory, and practice.

You will complete the following coursework:
Both of the following courses:
MI840 Interaction Design
MI842 Design and Development of Media Projects

One of the following courses:
COM803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
MI841 Understanding Users

One of the following courses:
MI820 Theories of Media and Information
MI831 Theories of Games and Interaction for Design
MI845 Human Computer Interaction

Additional elective coursework 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 and at least 15 credits in the degree must be at the 800-level or above.

Serious Games Design and Research Graduate Certificate

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

The following courses can be completed either on campus or online:
MI831 Theories of Games and Interaction for Design
MI841 Understanding Users
MI830 Foundations of Serious Games

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The transcriptable Media and Information Management (MIM) concentration is designed for students and industry professionals, who wish to gain skills in applying new information and communication technologies in organizations. Not only will you learn about the technologies and their operation, your coursework will focus on how to use them to build sustainable organizations and implement superior competitive strategies. Many of our students become entrepreneurs and others find employment from small to very large businesses and corporations.

You will complete the following coursework:
Both of the following courses:
MI842 Design and Development of Media Projects
MI861 Information Networks and Technologies

Three of the following courses:
MI452 Media Strategy (W)
MI458 Project Management (W)
MI851 Understanding Social Media
MI862 Information Networks in Organizations and Commerce
MI875 Information and Communication Technology for Development
MI877 Comparative and International Telecommunication

Additional elective coursework at the 400-level or above to meet the 30 credits required for the degree.

Students in the MIM concentration have two additional options for completing elective course work. They are:

Information Policy and Society (IPS) Cognate

The IPS cognate is designed for MA students interested in pursuing a PhD in the areas of technology policy or social impacts of new technologies. MIM students with an interest in IPS can take this cognate as an option to complete their elective credits in the MIM concentration.

Both of the following courses:
COM803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
MI820 Theories of Media and Information

One of the following courses:
MI850 Telecommunication and Information Policy
MI852 Economic Structure of Telecommunication Industries

Management of Information Technology Specialization

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. This specialization is based upon a cooperation between the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, and the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Eli Broad College of Business.

All of the following courses:
ACC821 Enterprise Database Systems
ACC824 Digital Business Models and Processes
MI862 Information Networks in Organizations and Commerce

Two of the following courses:
ACC822 Analysis and Design of Enterprise Systems
ACC823 Advanced Enterprise Database Systems
ACC825 Object-Oriented Business Information Systems
ACC826 Enterprise Information Systems
ACC890 Independent Study

Placement

Media and Information has an outstanding placement record of its graduates in business and government positions. Recent graduates were hired by:

  • Facebook (San Francisco, CA)
  • ESPN (New York City, NY)
  • World Bank, Information Development Sector (Washington, DC)
  • Electronic Arts (Orlando, FL)
  • Accenture (San Jose, CA)
  • Quicken Loans (Detroit, MI)
  • General Electric (GE) (Ypsilanti, MI)
  • TechSmith (Okemos, MI)
  • International Academy of Design & Technology (Troy, MI)

Apply Online

To apply, fill out the online application form and supply the $50 application fee. Once that is done you can create an applicant profile on the Graduate Applicant Portal. Please be sure to visit our Admission Requirements page for additional details regarding all requirements for applying to the program.

As soon as we receive your online application form, we will email you your student number so that you can check the status of your file online. For more information please view our admissions page.

The final deadline for all application materials is April 1 to be considered for Fall Semester admission, and October 1 to be considered for Spring Semester admission.

Admission Requirements

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.

You can enter the program in either the fall semester, with classes starting in late August, or the spring term, starting in early January. The final deadline for all application materials is April 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.

For more information please view our admissions page.

Contact Us

Dr. Constantinos Coursaris
Director of Graduate Studies
Room 424, Com Arts Building
404 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Tel: 517.353.3122
Fax: 517.355.1292
Email: coursari@msu.edu

Rachel Iseler
Academic Programs Coordinator
Room 425, Com Arts Building
404 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Tel: 517.432.3676
Fax: 517.355.1292
E-mail: tcma@msu.edu

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