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M.S. Tech. in
Graphic Information Technology

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?

The M.S. Tech. with a concentration 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.

4+1 Accelerated ProgramStudents currently enrolled in the GIT B.S. or B.A.S. degree programs can select the Accelerated 4+1 option.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. Tech. with a concentration in GIT requires a minimum of thirty-three (33) credit hours in related coursework selected at the direction of a graduate committee. Students must complete a program of study, or iPOS, with the listed coursework within the first semester of admission.

The coursework must include the following:

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

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 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. (The GRE can be waived in some situations. Please refer to the GRE waiver request for more information. Please note that submitting the GRE waiver request is not a guarantee of approval.)
  • While letters of recommendation can be helpful as the faculty admissions committee considers your application, they are not required. If you choose to submit letters, please provide references from those qualified to judge your academic potential or comment on your work in industry.
  • Professional resume
  • Personal statement*
  • 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.

*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.