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To earn the master's degree, students must complete 36 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students complete their program with a master's project or thesis, which counts for three credits toward the 36 credits required to graduate. The project is a professional work of interactive multimedia. The thesis is a work of research that advances knowledge in the field.

Unique to the program is the Project Planning course. The content covered in this course is critical to becoming a media producer and serves as a prequel to the master's project. In the Project Planning course, students create a comprehensive master's capstone plan.

Students also have the opportunity to enroll in an optional three-credit internship. Graduate students have served as interns at local, national and global media companies and Web development firms. Also available is an optional three-credit independent study for students who want to do advanced work or research in a particular topic.

The program consists of 18 core credits, 12 track credits and 6 elective credits.

Core requirements (18 credits):
Course Title Credits
ICM 501 Theories of Interactive Media 3
ICM 506 Writing for Interactive Media 3
ICM 512 User Centered Design 3
ICM 552 Internet Ethics and Policy 3
ICM 590 Project Planning 3
ICM 601 Master's Capstone 3
 
Production track required courses (12 credits):
ICM 502 Visual Design 3
ICM 504 Interactive Animation 3
ICM 505 Interactive Techniques 3
ICM 508 Media Production 3
 
Social media track required courses (12 credits):
ICM 522 Social Media Platforms, Concepts and Usage 3
ICM 524 Social Media Analytics 3
ICM 526 Community Management 3
ICM 527 Strategic Planning 3

Electives (6 credits):
In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete 6 additional credits in graduate courses in communications.

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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