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4+1 Master’s Program

Overview: Qualifying students take 12 graduate credits (4 courses) while undergraduates. Those 12 credits will apply to the Masters of Science in Media Arts and Technology with no extra cost to the student while they are undergraduates. Six of these graduate credits may be applied to both the graduate and undergraduate program. After completing the Bachelor's degree program, students take the remaining 24 graduate credits to fulfill the requirements for the Master's degree.

Students are encouraged to choose a graduate concentration that differs from their undergraduate media major so as to develop more skills and have a greater choice of courses that do not overlap with their undergraduate courses.

Criteria and Eligibility: You need to plan ahead (during your junior year of undergraduate studies) to best utilize this opportunity.

  • Students must be pursuing a MEDIA undergraduate major and have completed at least 15 credits in the major.
  • Students may apply to the program once they have completed 75 credits.
  • Student will not be accepted into the program until they have completed 90 credits:
    • Acceptance into the combined program indicates provisional acceptance into Master's program.
    • Official or full acceptance in Master's program depends on completion of undergraduate program.
  • Students may not take graduate courses without the approval of their mentor and advisor.
  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25.
  • Students must have at least a 3.50 GPA in the major.

To continue in the Master's Degree program, students must have completed the 4 indicated graduate courses (12 credits) with "B's" or better by the time they have completed their undergraduate program; then, they fulfill the remainder of the appropriate graduate degree requirements during the 5th year. No more than 12 graduate credits earned in the Media Department can be applied to the Master's degree.

Students should take the graduate section of any cross-listed course that fulfills a requirement for the Master's degree. Students may not take a cross-listed course twice, once as an undergraduate student (300/400-level) and again as a graduate student (500/600-level). Students will have to meet with their graduate advisor to identify a replacement course if they have completed the undergraduate section of a cross-listed course that is required for the Master's degree.

Application Materials

  • Online application to the M.S. Program 
  • Official transcripts, which includes second semester junior grades
  • 3 letters of reference 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores
  • Self-nomination letter, indicating the intended concentration and starting semester and explaining how you would benefit from the Master's degree and how your strengths would contribute to the program
  • Portfolio: Web site URL, DVD/CD of sample work, or writing sample

Application Process

After completing the online graduate application, all supporting application materials should be delivered to Ms. Linda Rendulic, Liberal Arts Graduate Office, 215 College Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15282 by the application deadlines. Only completed, application files will be considered for review by the Graduate Committee.

Application Deadline

Students interested in the 4+1 program should submit their online application and supporting materials between their junior and senior years, by the Media Department's application deadline of July 1.

4+1 Master of Science in Media Arts and Technology (Concentration: Media Management)

The 4+1 Program enables you to complete both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in 5 years. During your undergraduate program you take 12 specific graduate credits (6 of which may be applied towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees). You then complete the remaining 24 credits for your Master's Degree to fulfill the 36-credit requirements for the degree.

* If you completed the undergraduate section of a cross-listed course that is required for the Master's degree, you will have to meet with your graduate advisor to identify a replacement course

** Indicates the possibility of taking the class at the graduate level to fulfil requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

*Required Graduate Courses taken during Senior (4th) Year of Undergraduate Study:

Graduate Classes (12 Credits):

  • Must take both of the following:
    • DMA 501 - Introduction to Multimedia Technology (department core) OR JOUR 594 - Media in American History
    • MDIA 517 - Critical Studies in Media (concentration core) OR MDIA 568 - Media Management & Entrepreneurship (concentration core)
  • Must take two of the following:
    • **MDIA 565 - Media Management Ethics (department core)
    • **MDIA 582 - Media Law & Intellectual Property (department core)
    • **MDIA 567 - Media Research Methods (department core)

*Required Graduate Courses taken during (5th Year) Graduate Study (24 credits total):

Graduate Department Core (Remaining 6 of 15 Credits):

  • Must take the following:
    • MDIA 584 - Media Project Management
  • Must take one of the following:
    • **MDIA 565 - Media Management Ethics
    • **MDIA 582 - Media Law & Intellectual Property
    • **MDIA 567 - Media Research Methods

Media Management Concentration Courses (Remaining 9 of 12 of Credits)

  • MDIA 541 - Media Writing
  • DMA 522 - Visual Design and Layout OR DMA 505 - Graphic Design Process
  • MDIA 517 - Critical Studies in Media OR MDIA 568 - Media Management & Entrepreneurship OR MDIA 551 Practicum

(1+2) MEDIA Electives OR Media Practicum OR Thesis Option OR Project Option (9 Credits)

4+1 Masters for Science in Media Arts and Technology (Concentration: Web Design and Development)

The 4+1 Program enables you to complete both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in 5 years. During your undergraduate program you take 12 specific graduate credits (6 of which may be applied towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees). You then complete the remaining 24 credits for your Master's Degree to fulfill the 36-credit requirements for the degree.

* If you completed the undergraduate section of a cross-listed course that is required for the Master's degree, you will have to meet with your graduate advisor to identify a replacement course.

** Indicates the possibility of taking the class at the graduate level to fulfil requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

*Required Graduate Courses taken during Senior (4th) Year of Undergraduate Study:

Graduate Classes (12 Credits):

  • Must take both of the following:
    • DMA 501 - Introduction to Multimedia Technology (department core) OR JOUR 594 - Media in American History
    • DMA 574 - Web Design (concentration core) OR DMA 564 Interaction Design
  • Must take two of the following:
    • **MDIA 565 - Media Management Ethics (department core)
    • **MDIA 582 - Media Law & Intellectual Property (department core)
    • **MDIA 567 - Media Research Methods (department core)

*Required Graduate Courses taken during (5th Year) Graduate Study (24 credits total):

Graduate Department Core (Remaining 6 of 15 Credits):

  • Must take the following:
    • MDIA 584 - Media Project Management
  • Must take one of the following:
    • **MDIA 565 - Media Management Ethics
    • **MDIA 582 - Media Law & Intellectual Property
    • **MDIA 567 - Media Research Methods

Web Design Concentration Courses (Remaining 12 of 15 Credits)

  • DMA 572 - Client Side Scripting 1 OR DMA 595 Server Side Scripting 2
  • DMA 545 - Interface Design OR DMA 562 Interface Design 2
  • DMA 575 - Database for Web Development
  • DMA 562 - Interface Design 2 OR DMA 564 Interaction Design OR MDIA 580 Independent Study OR MDIA 551 Practicum

(2) MEDIA Electives OR Media Practicum OR Thesis Option OR Project Option (6 Credits)

4+1 Master of Science in Media Arts and Technology (Concentration: Digital Media)

The 4+1 Program enables you to complete both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in 5 years. During your undergraduate program you take 12 specific graduate credits (6 of which may be applied towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees). You then complete the remaining 24 credits for your Master's Degree to fulfill the 36-credit requirements for the degree.

* If you completed the undergraduate section of a cross-listed course that is required for the Master's degree, you will have to meet with your graduate advisor to identify a replacement course

** Indicates the possibility of taking the class at the graduate level to fulfil requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

*Required Graduate Courses taken during Senior (4th) Year of Undergraduate Study:

Graduate Classes (12 Credits):

  • Must take both of the following:
    • DMA 501 - Introduction to Multimedia Technology (department core) OR JOUR 594 - Media in American History
    • DMA 522 - Visual Design and Layout (concentration core) OR DMA 505 Graphic Design Process
  • Must take two of the following:
    • **MDIA 565 - Media Management Ethics (department core)
    • **MDIA 582 - Media Law & Intellectual Property (department core)
    • **MDIA 567 - Media Research Methods (department core)

*Required Graduate Courses taken during (5th Year) Graduate Study (24 credits total):

Graduate Department Core (Remaining 6 of 15 Credits):

  • Must take the following:
    • MDIA 584 - Media Project Management
  • Must take one of the following:
    • **MDIA 565 - Media Management Ethics
    • **MDIA 582 - Media Law & Intellectual Property
    • **MDIA 567 - Media Research Methods

Digital Media Concentration Courses (Remaining 12 of 15 Credits)

  • MDIA 541 - Media Writing
  • DMA 564 - Interaction Design
  • DMA 579 - Digital Video Production OR DMA 605 TV News/Studio 1
  • DMA 505 - Graphic Design Process OR DMA 583 - Photography 1 OR MDIA 551 Practicum

(2) MEDIA Electives OR Media Practicum OR Thesis Option OR Project Option (6 Credits)