MA in Digital Communication and Media Arts - Media Arts Concentration

Curriculum Requirements

Introductory Courses

No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions based on faculty review:

  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course based on an official transcript review by faculty and successful grades, typically B or better.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course which is demonstrated through successful completion of a GAE exam.
  • If a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) is available for the Introductory Courses, upon successfully completion of a GAE, a waiver will be issued.
  • Plan accordingly prior to start of the term, faculty reviews for possible course waivers can take a few weeks. For newly admitted students, possible course waivers will not be initiated until an Intent to Enroll form has been submitted.
  • DMA 402
  • DMA 405

Foundation Courses

  • CMNS 570
  • DMA 525
  • DMA 530
  • MPOP 575

Advanced Courses

  • DMA 527
  • DMA 535

Select 12 Credit Hours from the following classes:

  • DMA 410
  • DMA 415
  • DMA 425
  • DMA 475
  • DMA 480
  • DMA 490
  • EXP 440
  • EXP 442
  • FILM 401
  • HCD 421


  • DMA 695
  • DMA 698

Major Elective Courses

Students are required to take 8 credit hours from Major Elective Courses according to the following criteria:

  • Students should choose the eight (8) Credit Hours of graduate level elective courses from a College of Communication graduate program.

Master's Thesis Project

Students must complete a Master's Thesis Project as part of the degree requirements. Students have two options for how to complete the Master's Thesis Project:

  • Individual - The student will create an original project and a 20-30 page accompanying written research documentation and report/analysis.
  • Collaborative - Students work in teams of 2-4 students to complete an original project and a 40-60 page accompanying written research documentation and report/analysis.

Students must have completed the necessary prerequisite classes and at least 8 courses (32 credit hours) in the DCMA program toward their 52 required credits (credits earned from Introductory Courses do not count toward the required total credits). Students should discuss a meeting with a faculty member to discuss the requirements.

Thesis Milestones:

  • Fall - Before the end of the fall quarter, students should submit a written proposal to advising faculty outlining their Thesis concept.
  • Winter - Enroll in DMA 695.
  • Spring - Enroll in DMA 698.
  • Spring - Participate in end of the year showcase and/or symposium.

Degree Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.