DGM

Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media — Boston

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. 

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Winter

Completion Time

12-18 months

Overview

Explore the rapidly changing world of digital media with the STEM-designated Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media. The program enables you to build on your skills and expertise using cutting-edge technologies and tools as you move through your curriculum. Your core courses in information development, usability, and narrative structure provide a baseline for developing, marketing, and managing content-rich experiences. We offer six concentrations for you to customize your curriculum including 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 capstone project, you'll turn theory into practice, working 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.

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media program is available only for domestic students who have a background in visual communications, web creation, and programming foundations. If you are an international student or a domestic student without this prior experience, you are eligible to apply to the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media Connect program. Please visit the MPS in Digital Media Connect program page to learn more.

This program is based in Boston, MA.


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Unique Features

  • Complete an 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 is 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 User Interface professionals and social media experts continues to expand at an above-average pace.

Transfer Credit Opportunities for Certifications from Professional Associations

Successful applicants for a master's degree program in the Social Media concentration with their HubSpot Academy Certification:

  • Will receive 4 quarter hours of transfer credit – an 8% savings in tuition.
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 11 courses, rather than 12
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: DGM 6285 Interactive Marketing Fundamentals

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 Documentary and Nonfiction Production course.

Check out your career prospects

Beginning your journey with us is a big decision. But it's a smart one. Your field is evolving rapidly. That's why we're constantly innovating our programs to anticipate your industry's needs. So, no matter where your field goes, you can lead the way.

4-8%

Job growth for digital media and marketing, faster than average for all jobs

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

Learn About Getting Real World Experience

Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

General Requirements

Required Core Courses

4.00
4.00
2.00

Complete one of the following:

4.00
4.00

Complete one of the following options:

Thesis Option

2.00
4.006.00
 

Capstone Option

6.00
 

Technical course from the workshops list

Elective

Complete one of the following: 

3.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
3.004.00
3.00
2.00
 

Workshops 

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: 

2.00
2.00
2.00
2.00
4.00
2.00
2.00
 

Concentrations

Concentration in 3-D Animation

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
 

Concentration in Digital Media Management

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Concentration in Digital Video

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Concentration in Game Design

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Concentration in Interactive Design

Interactive Design

4.00
 

Complete four courses from one of the following tracks: 

Design Track

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Usability and Development Track

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Concentration in Social Media

Complete the following: 

Required: 

4.00

Electives

Complete 15-17 quarter hours from the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Follow our leaders

Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

“I want us to go beyond transferring information and technical skills. Digital Media faculty spark success because we are passionately committed to our role as mentors. We want students to not just equal but to surpass our accomplishments, because that is how our creative professions innovate and grow.” Cynthia Baron, Faculty Director, Digital Media

I never thought I could do a lot of things that the program really challenged me to do, it was great to have the experience of really being pushed by professors, and by my classmates, to just learn something new.

Rachel Newborn MPS Digital Media - Interactive Design Concentration 2018

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Prior Learning Assessment/Transfer Credits

Some courses in this program offer transfer credit for students’ experience through prior learning assessments and professional certifications.  View the full list of eligible certifications and transfer credits.

HubSpot Academy

Successful applicants for a master's degree program in the Social Media concentration with their HubSpot Academy Certification:

  • Will receive 4 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 6% savings in tuition
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: DGM 6285 Interactive Marketing Fundamentals

Stackable Certificates

You can stack the following graduate certificates into this degree: Digital Video, Digital Media Management, Game Design, Interactive Design, 3D Animation, and Social Media and Online Communities.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

 

Winter 2021 Deadline
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (First half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (Second half start: February 22, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Digital Media and Design alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • Harvard
    • MIT
    • ViralGains
    • Google
    • Cognizant
    • Deloitte Consulting
    • TJX Companies
    • GNS Healthcare
  • What They Do

    • Art and Design
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    • Media and Communication
    • User Experience Designer
    • UX Manager
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Social Media
    • CSS
    • Digital Media
    • Marketing
    • Interactive Design
    • User Experience

 

Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.

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Did You Know?

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

Did You Know?

You can stack the following graduate certificates into this degree: Digital Video, Digital Media Management, Game Design, Interactive Design, 3D Animation, and Social Media and Online Communities.

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners. 

From Our Alumni

"Be prepared to do things you never thought you’d be doing. The digital media program is designed in a way to enable anyone from any career or background to come to the table and succeed." — Michael S., '15

Did You Know?

Advanced degree holders earn a salary 35% higher than those with a bachelor's degree.