No Introductory course may be substituted for any other course at any level.
Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
- The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
- The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
- The student passes a
Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area, if such an examination is available.
Students should also complete
2 Advanced Electives (workshop/production classes). These can be from any CDM program. The following courses are pre-approved and require no pre-reqs:
Major Elective Courses
Students are required to take
16 credit hours from Major Elective Courses according to the following criteria:
- Students should choose
8 credit hours from graduate level elective courses from a College of Communication program.
- Students should choose
8 credit hours from additional graduate level elective courses from a College of Communication program or another College of Computing and Digital Media program or another college/department at DePaul University.
Students do not have to follow a particular sequence for their elective course requirements. Some classes in the Enriched Allied Field Areas of Art, Media and Design (AMD) and Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (WRD) have been preapproved for students and do not require the permission of an advisor. Other classes may require an advisor's or instructor's permission. Pre-approved Enriched Allied Field courses are listed below:
Allied Field Area - Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse
Allied Field Area - Art, Media, and Design
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.
Fall - Before the end of the fall quarter, students should submit a written proposal to advising faculty outlining their Thesis concept.
Winter - Enroll in
Spring - Enroll in
Spring - Participate in end of the year showcase and/or symposium.