Graphic Information Technology

Degrees Offered

Graphic Information Technology, M.S. Tech

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September 15*
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April 1*
Fall semester (January)

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Graphic Information Technology, MS Tech

The M.S. Tech. with a concentration in graphic information technology provides students with the opportunity to study within the various areas of graphics and cross media. The areas include:

  • Commercial photography
  • Multimedia
  • Variable data digital printing and publishing
  • Production Management and Industrial Training
  • Internet and Web development

The courses offered in this degree program provide students with a working knowledge of the technology and management required of the graphic information industry. This program focuses on cross media publishing and graphic imaging and is not a traditional information technology, computer science, computer information systems or information systems management program.

The degree program has two campus options: ASU Online or Polytechnic campus. Either campus selection can be completed at a distance. 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 College application; the campus cannot be changed once selected.

Career Opportunities 

Graphic information technology prepares graduates for technical and management positions in the diverse graphic communication and information technology industries, such as:

  • commercial and technical imaging
  • internet and web development
  • management of graphic information assets
  • planning and evaluation of print, Internet, multimedia and computer-based communications
  • pre-media, digital printing and publishing
  • quality assurance of graphic products
  • technical and digital media production
Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Minimum of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum of 30 credit hours in technology or its equivalent and 16 credit hours of science and mathematics appropriate to the program pursued
  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor’s degree program
  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in graduate work, if applicable
  • An online Graduate Education application
  • Official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Official GRE general exam scores
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (optional)
  • Submit a professional resume and personal statement as part of the online admissions application
  • Meet the English proficiency requirements, as defined by the Office of Graduate Education
Degree Requirements 

The MS Tech in Graphic Information Technology requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. These credit hours must include the following:

  • 33 credit hours and a thesis, or
  • 33 credit hours and an applied project, including the required applied project course (TMC 593 or GIT 593)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate course work. Of these, a minimum of 27 credit hours must be 500-level courses and part of the approved program. Additional courses may be assigned by the faculty supervisory committee, depending on the background of the candidate. The minimum degree requirements are as follows:

Applied Project Option (33)

  • Technical area of emphasis (18)
  • Supporting area (9)
  • Research course (3)
  • GIT 593 or TMC 593 Applied Project (3)

Thesis Option (33)

  • Technical area of emphasis (18)
  • Supporting area (9)
  • Thesis (6)

Most graduate degree students in this program elect to do an applied project rather than a thesis. The applied project generally allows the student to thoroughly explore a graphics related problem and demonstrate knowledge of the problem, solutions for the problem and suggestions for further explanation of the problem. Students in the ASU Online campus program must select the applied project option. Courses within the various graphics areas are taught on a rotating basis.

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