Master of Arts in Digital Media

The MA Program in Digital Media at Sam Houston State University focuses on digital media in a multi-platform, multimedia environment. Changes in communication, storytelling, and information technologies are reshaping not only ways in which audiences receive and interpret media, but also the construction and delivery of messages. The union of digital, print, and analog media challenges practitioners to create messages that can reach audiences in multiple ways on many platforms. These practical challenges in a dynamic and changing media landscape offer new opportunities for media education.

The program offers a choice between digital media production and digital media studies. The digital media production emphasis is designed for students who want to create and manage digital media projects, and the digital media studies emphasis is designed for students who want to research and understand digital media.

Digital Media Production

Students explore the digital combination of text, graphics, audio and video into engaging stories and interactive environments. Students learn advanced production practices needed to work in executive management and upper-level reporter, producer, filmmaker and creative manager media positions. (Non-Thesis Concentration)

Digital Media Studies

Students apply mass communication research methods and theories to the study of digital media. Students learn how to critically reflect on digital media practices, audiences, law, policy and products leading to continued studies at the PhD level or to teach at the college level.  (Thesis Concentration)

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Digital Media program must meet the following requirements and submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. An official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. GRE scores
  5. A 500-word personal statement outlining your goals and objectives for this program.
  6. For Digital Media Production: A digital media portfolio or a link to a digital media portfolio is required. Students without a portfolio or undergraduate coursework in digital media production may need to take additional undergraduate courses as determined by the faculty. Email a link of your portfolio to robin.johnson@shsu.edu if you plan to pursue the emphasis in digital media production.

A holistic review of each student’s application file will be completed on a competitive basis.

Master of Arts in Digital Media Studies (Thesis Concentration)
Required Courses (24 hours)
MCOM 5300Digital Media History & Theory3
MCOM 5310Critical Approaches to Media3
MCOM 5320Digital Media Ethics and Law3
MCOM 5330Advanced Digital Writing3
MCOM 5340Social Media3
MCOM 5050Special Topic3
MCOM 5360Mass Communication Theory3
MCOM 6360Mass Comm Research Methods3
Free Electives (6 hours)
Select six credit hours from any approved graduate courses6
Thesis (6 hours)
MCOM 6098Thesis6
Total Hours36
Master of Arts in Digital Media Production (Non-thesis Concentration)
Required Courses (21 hours)
MCOM 5300Digital Media History & Theory3
MCOM 5320Digital Media Ethics and Law3
MCOM 5330Advanced Digital Writing3
MCOM 5340Social Media3
MCOM 6300Advanced Preproduction3
MCOM 6330Digital Editing3
MCOM 6373Digital Video Production3
Restricted Electives (3 hours)
Select one of the following:3
Special Topic
Advanced Multimedia Production
Documentary Scriptwriting
Digital Entrepreneurship
Narrative Scriptwriting
Free Electives (6 hours)
Select six credit hours from any approved graduate courses6
Thesis Project (6 hours)
MCOM 6099Thesis Project6
Total Hours36