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School of Communication

Master of Arts in Communication Technology


Associate Professor Tatyana Dumova, Ph.D., works with students in a School of Communication graduate class. Photo by Chris Rolinson.
 Associate Professor Tatyana Dumova and graduate students explore the new frontier of social technologies.

Embracing a Technology-Driven Revolution in Digital Communication

The rapid pace and continuing evolution of digital communication technologies has had a sweeping impact on the knowledge and skills necessary for anyone who wants to carve out and advance a career as a communications professional or scholar. Point Park is excited to offer, beginning in the Fall of 2013, an innovative Master of Arts program that will prepare students to embrace technology — and technological change — as an essential part of their professional portfolio. 

The 36-credit M.A. in communication technology program will prepare students to excel in technology-driven communication fields, including multimedia, graphic design, social media and digital journalism. Graduates will be well-positioned to pursue careers in the business, government and non-profit sectors that deal with new media production, e-publishing, marketing, public affairs, education and professional training. They will also be able to engage in communication technology analysis and research or seek admission to doctoral programs.

M.A. Program Structure

The new M.A. program reaches far beyond skills-based training to build on the strengths of Point Park's long-established M.A. in journalism and mass communication program. The M.A. in communication technology keeps communications theory, ethics and legal scholarship at its core but adds a focus on new social interaction technologies — all within the larger societal context.

Students may select the professional track, using electives to reflect their area of career interest, or the thesis track.

The M.A. in communication technology offers a balanced combination of course work and practical experience broken out into three parts:

  • Core courses: communication theory, research methods, communication law and media ethics
  • Program requirements: Two conceptual courses and two hands-on courses
  • Electives: Thesis track or professional track

Courses in the program will be offered for both daytime and evening schedules, giving students the option of completing degree course work entirely through evening classes.

M.A. Program Course Offerings

Some of the courses in the communication technology master's program include:

  • Social Media
  • Technology Mediated Communication
  • Global Communication
  • Communication, Technology & Culture
  • Visual Communication Technology
  • Web Publishing and Editing
  • Digital Photo Editing
  • Digital Video Editing