MS in Graphic Information Technology
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
- digital asset management
- pre-media, digital printing and publishing
- motion graphics
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.
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.
Focus Area Credits
Culminating Experience Credits
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.
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
- As of Fall 2021, the GRE is no longer required for this program.
- Professional resume
- Personal statement*
- *The personal statement should address your interest in 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.
- Global Launch at ASU offers an online alternative to standardized testing for international students who are seeking admission to ASU but need proof of English proficiency. https://globallaunch.asu.edu/learn-english
STEM designation makes students within the program at ASU eligible for STEM specific Scholarships, OPT extension for International Students, and expanded GI benefits for Student Veterans.