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MS in Graphic Information Technology Projects

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.

Culminating Experience Options

The MS GIT requires a minimum of thirty-three (30) credit hours in related coursework selected at the direction of a faculty advisor. This coursework culminates with one of the following: Applied Project, Portfolio, or Thesis.

Applied Project vs. Portfolio vs. Thesis

The Applied Project requires the student to systematically find a problem, investigate it, conduct research and apply the findings. Upon completion, the project will be presented to the faculty advisors.

The Portfolio is a professional document and is used to demonstrate a high level of mastery of the principles and practices of Graphic Information Technology topics through a compilation of work completed during the course of the graduate program.

The Thesis is similar to the Applied Project, but requires a specific presentation outcome: a traditional 5-chapter research paper and final presentation. Before selecting the Thesis option, the graduate student must talk with his/her chairperson.

Requirements for Applied Project option (30 Credit Hours)

  • Core 6 credits
  • 15 hours in technical area of emphasis (specific area for most of your coursework)
  • 6 hours in supporting areas (related to the technical area of emphasis)
  • 3 hours of Applied Project (GIT593)

Requirements for Portfolio option (30 Credit Hours)

In addition to 33 credit hours of coursework, the completion and submission of the Portfolio is required in the final semester. The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate a high level of mastery of the principles and practice of Graphic Information Technology topics through a compilation of work that you have completed during the course of your graduate study. While the specific details will depend on your specialization, all portfolios must describe three notable projects or academic accomplishments that you have completed during your graduate study that illustrate the evolution and advancement of your technical expertise and mastery of Graphic Information Technology areas. The portfolio is a professional document written in APA style that will be reviewed and evaluated both for technical content and the quality of writing and presentation. The graduate advising office can provide you with the instructions for the Portfolio.

Requirements for Thesis option (30 Credit Hours)

When working on an applied project or thesis, staying on schedule and keeping in touch with the graduate faculty advisors is essential. The thesis defense must take place by the Graduate College defense deadlines and meet the published date for the semester in which the student wants to graduate. Graduate College – Thesis Defense

Writing Guidelines

It is expected that graduate students write at a graduate level, observing appropriate and correct academic writing styles in all courses, including the applied project, thesis, and portfolio.

ASU offers writing help through the Graduate Writing Centers for on-campus and online students. Visit the ASU Graduate Writing Center site for more information.

Most applied project and thesis papers for the M.S. GIT program are written using the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. More information about this style of writing is available at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL).