Master of Arts Degree in Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media; with a concentration in Human Computer Interaction or Media Information Management.
Students pursuing a MA degree in Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media select one of two following concentrations:
Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
This transcriptable concentration is designed to prepare students and industry professionals for careers in interaction design, usability, information architecture, and human computer interaction. Classes emphasize project experience as they cover human centered design methods, theory, and practice.
Within the HCI concentration there are two options available for students who wish to focus their studies in games and meaningful play. Neither of these options is required. They are meant to define a clear pathway of elective courses for students interested in this field.
Graduate Certificate in Serious Game Design & Research
This 3 course graduate certificate is intended for game industry professionals, educators, and media specialists who want to better understand serious game design, theory, and player research. This certificate is open to both degree granting and non-degree granting students and is transcriptable.
Games and Meaningful Play Course of Study
This is a series of courses designed to prepare students for careers in game design and serious game design. Classes include the serious games graduate certificate and most emphasize project experience as they cover interaction design, game design and development, serious game design, serious game theory, and player research. This course of study is not transcriptable.
Please visit http://seriousgames.msu.edu/ for more details on Serious Games. Specific details on the courses used for these two options will be found in the Fall 2012 MA in Telecommunication, Media and Information Studies Handbook.
Media and Information Management (MIM)
This transcriptable concentration is designed for students and industry professionals who wish to gain skills in managing new information and communication technologies. Classes cover network management and media project management.
Students in the MIM concentration have two additional options for completing elective course work. They are:
Information, Policy & Society (IPS) Cognate
The IPS cognate is designed for MA students interested in pursuing a PhD in the areas of technology policy or social impacts of new technologies. MIM students with an interest in IPS can take this cognate as an option to complete their elective credits in the MIM concentration.
Specialization in Management of Information Technologies
This specialization is designed for MIM students with an interest in management of information systems in organizational environments. This specialization is transcriptable.
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