Course Requirements ​

The Digital Communication track requires an Introductory Competency course (4 credit hours) plus 13 courses (52 credit hours): four core courses and nine elective courses and a degree completion option.

Introductory Competency Course*​

Students choose one course:

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

Students may take an additional competency course as a Media Arts elective.

Core Courses

Students are required to take all of the following:

Digital Elective Courses

Students are required to take at least one elective course that focuses on digital technology from each area: MCS, JOUR, and PRAD. Students must take two media arts electives (from the College of Computing and Digital Media). Students must also take four additional courses (three if student chooses the Master’s Project degree completion option, taking MCS 599), either from another College of Communication graduate program, the College of Computing and Digital Media, the pre-approved outside electives, or in another department/college at DePaul. Outside electives must be approved by graduate advisor or program director.

Example Communication Electives (with digital technology focus)

* Topics must be approved by graduate program director. Some examples of topics include: Communication and Technology, Complex Narratives, Race, Class, & Gender In the Digital Age, Alternate Reality Gaming, Creativity in Practice, Digital Media Campaigns, and Mass Communication in the Digital Age.

** 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, Creativing Effective Social Media, Creative and Critical Thinking, Data Driven Marketing, Digital and Social Media for PR, Social Media and Culture, Storytelling Through Research Analytics, and Digital Media Campaigns.

Example Media Arts Electives

Pre-Approved Outside Electives

Students will have the option to take​ pre-approved elective courses in either New Media Studies (NMS) or Art, Media, and Design (AMD) as part of their additional electives, allowing students to develop an enriched focus.​

New Media Studies

Art, Media, and Design

Completion Options

Comprehensive Exam​

Students complete a three-part comprehensive exam based on questions derived from a minimum of one College of Communication core course (CMNS 570 or MCS 575) and two additional courses pulled from either the other core course and/or from the College of Communication elective courses (JOUR, MCS, or PRAD).

Graduate Scholarly Paper/Project

In consultation with a full-time faculty member in the College of Communication (a professor with whom the student has had a class), the student should choose a paper or project they did for that professor’s course. This paper/project should be something to which the student wishes to expand upon or devote more time. This option is available to students holding a 3.5 GPA or higher and who have completed at least 10 courses (40 credit hours) in their program.

Master's Project​​​

One project course (MCS 599) replaces an open elective class, becoming the 13th and final course taken in the program​. The student will create an original project (i.e., web- or film-based projects, or projects related to professional or educational organizations) and a 30- to 40-page accompanying written report/analysis.  This option is available to students holding a 3.7 GPA or higher and who have completed at least 6 courses (24 credit hours) in their program.​

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.