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.
Students in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media will build their skills and expertise while gaining experience using 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 capstone project. Our core courses in interactive development, usability, and narrative structure provide a baseline for developing, marketing, and managing content-rich experiences. A series of electives are offered in three distinctive areas: interactive design/user experience, social media, or digital media management. In the Capstone project experience, you’ll work with the guidance of a faculty advisor in a small, focused team to channel your passion into a project that provides 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.
- 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
- 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
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.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- 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, or NU Global Exam scores
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.
Required Core Courses
Complete 22 quarter hours:
Complete one technical course from the workshop list
Complete one of the following:
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:
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:
Choose one from the following:
Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:
Choose four courses from the following:
Usability and Development Track
Complete 21 quarter hours from the following:
Our signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students gain relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Northeastern offers a variety of ways for students to add experience to their resumé, including:
- Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
- In the capstone experience, you’ll work with others with the guidance of a faculty advisor to channel your passion into a project that provides tangible evidence of your abilities.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Digital Media & Design alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
What They Do
- Art and Design
- Information Technology
- Media and Communication
What They're Skilled At
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Social Media
- Digital Media
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.