Course Requirements 

The Digital Communication track requires a Technological Competency course (8 credit hours) plus 13 courses (52 credit hours): four core courses and nine elective courses.

Technological Competency Course

*Evaluation of Technical Competency will follow standard CDM practice. All or part of the Technical Competency course may be waived if a student has the equivalent academic background, or can demonstrate core technology competency.

Core Courses

Students are required to take all of the following:

Elective Courses 

Students are required to take at least one elective course from each area: MCS, JOUR, and PRAD. Students must take two technical electives (from Media Arts Track). Students must also take four additional courses (three if student chooses the project or thesis degree completion option, taking MCS 599), either from another College of Communication graduate program, the College of Digital Media, or the Enriched Allied Field Areas, or in another department/college at DePaul. Outside electives must be approved by graduate advisor or program director.

Communication Electives

* Topics must be approved by graduate program director. Some examples of topics include: Communication and Technology, Complex Narratives, and Alternate Reality Gaming.

** Topics must be approved by graduate program director. Some examples of topics include: Digital Advertising, Digital Public Relations, Creative Thinking for Digital Media, Business Models for Social Media, and Digital Campaigns.

Enriched Allied Field Courses

Students will have the option to take​ Enriched Allied Field elective courses in either New Media Studies (NMS) or Art, Media, and Design (AMD).

New Media Studies

Art, Media, and Design

Comprehensive Final Examination or Project/Thesis

Students in the Digital Communication track complete their degree requirements by passing a comprehensive final examination. Students who attain a 3.7 GPA or higher and obtain prior approval from the graduate program director have the option to complete a culminating project or thesis instead of the comprehensive exam.  Students completing a project or thesis will enroll in MCS 599 as their 12th and final course in the quarter they defend their project/thesis.

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their graduate courses to remain in good academic standing. Students who do not meet this minimum cumulative requirement will be placed on academic probation and will be expected to attain the minimum cumulative requirement within two quarters. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.