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MS in Graphic Information Technology

Application Deadlines

September 15 Spring semester (January)
March 1 Summer semester (May)
April 1 Fall semester (August)

These are priority deadlines. Applications received after this date may still be considered.

Why Graphic Information Technology?

MS in Graphic Information Technology (GIT) provides students with the opportunity to study within the various areas of graphics and cross-media design.

GIT prepares graduates for management positions in the diverse graphic technology industries, such as:

  • Internet and Web development
  • usability and user experience
  • social media
  • planning and evaluation of cross media content creation and output
  • digital media production
  • commercial and technical photography and video
  • digital asset management
  • pre-media, digital printing and publishing
  • motion graphics
  • quality assurance

Degree Options

The degree program has two campus options: ASU Online or Polytechnic campus. It is recommended that applicants inquire about differences in the two campus options prior to application. Applicants choose the campus when completing the online Graduate Admissions Application; the campus cannot be changed once selected.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. GIT requires a minimum of thirty(30) credit hours in related coursework selected at the direction of a faculty advisor. Students must complete a program of study, or iPOS, with the listed coursework within the first semester of admission.

Culminating Experience
Required Credits
Focus Area Credits
Elective Credits
Culminating Experience Credits
Total Credits
Portfolio6159030
Applied Project6156330
Thesis6153630

The coursework must include the following:

  • 30 credit hours and a thesis, including the required thesis courses, or
  • 30 credit hours and an applied project, including the required applied project course, or
  • 30 credit hours and a portfolio

Most students in this program elect to complete an applied project rather than a thesis. The applied project generally allows the student to thoroughly explore a graphics or cross-media problem and demonstrate knowledge of the issue, propose solutions and make suggestions for further research.

Students in the ASU Online campus program must select the applied project or portfolio option.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of an appropriate bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required in a related field such as graphic design, web design and development, photography and/or videography and game design.

Additional requirements include:

  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in the last 60 hours of a student’s bachelor’s degree program
  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in graduate work, if applicable
  • A completed online Graduate Admissions Application
  • Official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Official GRE general exam scores.
    • (A GRE waiver may be requested if the applicant received a Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution in the United States with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Please email polygrad@asu.edu to request a waiver. Applicants can also submit a GRE waiver request form if they have five years of full-time applicable professional experience. Please note an approved waiver does not guarantee admission.)
  • One letter of recommendation (two is preferred)
  • Professional resume
  • Personal statement*
    • *The personal statement should address your interest the degree, as well as any related professional experience and your short-term and long-term goals for your career. This statement is strongly regarded during the admittance process.
  • International applicants must also meet the English proficiency requirements, as defined by Graduate Admissions. Please be sure to review the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score requirements, as your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency.