Digital Media

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Why Digital Media?

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media offers a hands-on, collaborative way to explore core creative concepts and innovative ideas in diverse areas of the digital media world. The program provides a solid preparation in the three core digital media knowledge areas: design thinking, technical competency, and creative expression.

Students in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media will build their skills and expertise while gaining familiarity with a variety of industry-standard and cutting-edge technologies and tools. Our curriculum is organized around three types of experiences: core courses, concentration electives, and a final, hands-on project. Our core courses in information development, usability, and narrative structure provide a baseline for developing, marketing, and managing content-rich experiences. A series of electives is offered in seven distinctive areas: 3-D animation, game design, digital video, social media, digital media management, or one of two tracks in interactive design—visual design, or usability and production. In your final project experience, you’ll work with the guidance of a faculty advisor on a personal proposal or with a small, focused team to channel your passion into a project that provides tangible evidence of your abilities.

Whether you are a full-time or part-time student, you can complete your degree while building meaningful working relationships with students from around the globe. Team-based assignments strengthen your project management and leadership skills and allow you to take part in the development of more complex media projects than you could by working alone. The team efforts will also prepare you for your future as a professional in digital media’s collaboration-oriented culture.


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Unique Features

  • In-depth Capstone Project experience working under guidance of a faculty advisor
  • Three concentration options provide specialized focus on distinctive areas of digital media
  • Program format designed to enhance collaboration and networking opportunities for students
  • This is a STEM-designated graduate degree

Program Objectives

  • Leverage your existing professional experience and knowledge in a technology-centric media world
  • Apply human interaction concepts and systems to a wide range of projects
  • Study character and story development across a variety of digital media
  • Develop and test a variety of user experiences for different media and devices

Career Outlook

Companies of all sizes and industries need creative thinkers to help them build and disseminate compelling digital stories for marketing, messaging, and entertainment. Employment projections vary for each concentration, but demand and reward for UI professionals and social media experts continues to expand at an above-average pace.

Hear from current students and recent graduates of the Digital Media programs about how their Northeastern degree helped them enhance their skills and accelerate their careers.

This video was led by instructor Gary Greenbaum and developed by the following students: Cameron Drezelo, Fanny Fellevik, Hana Fox, Sarah Hoye, and James Whalen. Please note that the clip was created by students in the Digital Video concentration for their course in Documentary and Nonfiction Production.

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media General Requirements

Required Core Courses 

Complete 22 quarter hours:

DGM 6122 - Foundations of Digital Storytelling
DGM 6145 - Information Technology and Creative Practice
DGM 6521 - Web Creation for Content Management Systems
DGM 7980 - Capstone

Complete one technical course from the workshop list

Complete one of the following:

DGM 6168 - Usability and Human Interaction
TCC 6120 - Usability and User Experience

Free Elective

In addition to their concentration electives, students are encouraged to explore new areas within the digital media space offered both by the program and through related master's programs in the College of Professional Studies. Students are also able to request another digital media course offering as their free elective, as long as they met its prerequisite.

Complete one of the following:

ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
DGM 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
3.00 - 4.00
ITC 6410 - Fundamentals of Human Behaviors for Interactive Systems

INPS 5184 Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations

Or, with approval, complete one course from a digital media concentration.


Optional digital media workshops are designed to provide valuable technical skills and tools for students in all graduate degree programs. Students may complete one of the following: 

TCC 6620 - Collecting User Data
TCC 6630 - Introduction to XML


Concentration in Digital Media Management

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:

DGM 6230 - Digital Media Entrepreneurship
DGM 6280 - Managing for Digital Media
DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
DGM 6279 - Project Management for Digital Media
Concentration in Interactive Design
DGM 6461 - Interactive Information Design 1

Choose four courses from the following:

Usability and Development Track

DGM 6451 - Web Development
DGM 6268 - Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media
DGM 6308 - Intermediate Programming for Digital Media
TCC 6110 - Information Architecture
DGM 6525 - Research Methods for Global User Experiences
TCC 6710 - Content Strategy
Concentration in Social Media

Complete 21 quarter hours from the following:

CMN 6045 - Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
CMN 6065 - Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
TCC 6710 - Content Strategy
CMN 6035 - Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

Communications and digital media jobs are expected to grow by more than 83K by 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).


The Online Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media offers three concentrations, allowing students to align their studies with their personal interests and career goals.

Average Time to Completion

2-3 Years



Entry Terms


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