SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Department of Communication

Information Design & Technology - MS



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Information Design & Technology

Format: Online

Program Description:

The MS in Information Design and Technology (IDT) offers an interdisciplinary examination of the role of new and emerging media within contemporary culture and communication while allowing students to develop a specific area of research to suit their unique academic and professional goals. Through theory, practice, and individual research, students examine the complex relationship between diverse types of information and the technologies that are used to work with and communicate that information. Offering historical perspective alongside technical instruction, the IDT program places particular emphasis on the social impact and potential of new communication technologies. The IDT program accommodates both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can complete the program within an 18-24 month period. Part-time completion will vary based on the total number of credits taken each term. The skills and knowledge taught in the IDT program are interdisciplinary and can be adapted to many fields and careers. The following are examples of the types of work graduates of the IDT program can do: Instructional Media/Educational Technology, Teaching/Training using Information Technology, Social Media Strategist, Web Archivist, Digital Strategist, Information Designer for a wide variety of fields, Internet Researcher, Web Developer and Designer, Professional Communicator, Public Relations, College Admissions, Digital Exhibitions and Publications, Information Help Desk, Blog/Wiki Specialist. Established by the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 14, 1966, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT) is New York’s public institute of technology. SUNYIT students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology and professional studies on the SUNYIT campus - a high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 31, Utica. Our students come from all over New York, many other states, and more than 20 other nations; a growing number of students also take SUNYIT courses and, in some cases, entire degree programs online. As part of a substantial expansion in campus infrastructure, a $13 million student center, a $20 million field house and a $23.5 million residence hall were completed in 2011. The next major construction project planned is a technology complex comprising the $27.5 million Center for Advanced Technology and Computer Chip Commercialization Center. Through internships and close cooperation with employers, SUNYIT has extraordinarily high placement rates. More than 22,000 alumni pursue successful careers in communication, computer science, management, nursing, and many other fields.


SUNYIT is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

Because of the online format, international students cannot obtain the F1 visa to study this program on the SUNYIT campus; international students can complete this program online from their home country. To be considered for admission, all applicants to the MS Information Design & Technology program must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with an average of B or better (a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Lower GPAs will be considered if the student has a strong portfolio, related experience, or does well as a non-matriculated student in the program.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 33

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $390 in-state/$695 out-of-state USD

In State Tuition (per year): 7020 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 12510 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

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