Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Liberal Arts

Communication and Media Technologies (MS)


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Communication and Media Technologies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Communication & Media Technologies (CMT) is an interdisciplinary program that combines Liberal Arts courses in communication with classes in an applied or professional area such as marketing, health systems administration, information technology and digital publishing.

CMT graduates are adept at the analysis of communication problems, the development of solutions, and the creation of messages as a result of their combined training in the social sciences, humanities, and applied technologies. Required communication courses provide you the opportunity to gain broad historical understanding of essential ethical, legal and social issues. Elective courses allow you to hone your skills in written and visual message content across a variety of media. Applied and professional courses offer you opportunities to implement and apply those skills. The required thesis or thesis project combines the knowledge you've gained with the skills you've developed to enable you to produce an original contribution to the knowledge base in communication.

As a CMT graduate, you're prepared for a career as a communication expert in such venues as commerce and industry, education and entertainment, and government and not-for-profits. CMT graduates hold positions as account executives, marketing directors, technical editors, and public relations directors. A significant number of CMT graduates have chosen to continue their studies by pursuing a doctoral degree.

Many students entering CMT do not have undergraduate majors in communication. These students are required to take the "Readings in Mass Media" course to introduce them to the discipline. Graduation is not delayed by this requirement since the course is a graduate-level Communication elective. Students with undergraduate majors in communication may take the course as an elective.



International Student Requirements:

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88-89 (Internet-based) are required on the TOEFL. A minimum score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS. This requirement may be waived for students who submit undergraduate transcripts from American colleges and universities.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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