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MS in Information Design & Communication

MSc Information Design & Communication

Develop the leverage you need to transform your career.

Earn a graduate degree in Information Design & Communication.

An online Master of Science degree (MSc) in Information Design & Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University, an accredited member of the University System of Georgia, delivers the leverage you need for a fulfilling, enduring career directing major communications initiatives and developing strategic solutions to communication problems. 

You'll learn theory and research. You'll apply those competencies to real-world projects. You'll learn to develop a broad business perspective, communicate strategically, and make confident decisions that create meaning, inspire change, deliver value.


Who enrolls in the online MSc in Information Design & Communication degree program?

Your fellow students are working adults. They are career builders. Career changers. Innovators. They come from a variety of backgrounds. Some work in technical communication, others in publishing, journalism, graphics, business, engineering, health, and numerous other fields.

Most of all, like you, your fellow students want to drive change and innovation. As future team directors, strategic coordinators, and project managers, they want to learn what it will take to lead a communications group in new directions.

Your fellow students are the people with whom you will forge personal and professional bonds. The kinds of bonds that will become integral to the success of your career now and in the future.


What will I learn?

In today's complex world, effective communication takes more than the ability to write and use images. It requires strategy. Our rigorous curriculum will give you the critical and technical skills to become a communication strategist.

With an MSc in Information Design & Communication, you'll acquire skills that will endure over time.

  • Writing Across Media
  • Information Graphics
  • Information Architecture
  • Global Communication Strategies
  • Marketing Communication
  • Mobile User Experience
  • Web Site Design
  • Usability Testing

What will my learning experience be like?

Our students tell us graduate school is rigorous, challenging, and exciting. And they're right. You'll work independently and collaboratively on projects that confront and resolve actual business issues faced by real project sponsors.

Your intensive coursework will be entirely online. But that doesn't make it "easy"; in fact, an online learning environment demands more from you. But it also gives more back to you. You will be challenged to set goals and be self motivated. You'll increase both the breadth and depth of your knowledge, while making critical connections to faculty members who are experts in the field, as well as your fellow students who are on the same road to success.


How long will the degree take to complete?

Because of its rigor, and other life demands you must meet, the program is designed primarily for part-time study. Students with full-time jobs typically take 1 course per semester and plan a 3-year timeline to complete the MSc degree. Full-time study (defined as 9 credit hours or 3 courses per semester) is limited to students receiving financial aid or those who are not employed.

We want you to succeed. During your first semester, you will be restricted to 1 course. Graduate-level courses require more reading and study. The assignments are significantly more complex. You'll spend at least 15 to 20 hours per week on that 1 course. Taking just 1 course gives you the chance to adjust both to the workload and online learning environment.


How much will it cost?

No matter where in the world you call home, you'll pay in-state tuitionand fees. For the 2012–13 academic year, one 3-credit course will cost approximately $1,215. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for information about funding your education.


What kinds of jobs can I expect with an MSc in Information Design &  Communication?

A master's degree prepares you to take on significant management or leadership roles in the field of communications. You can work in any industry that requires strategic communication, including software, hospitality, business, and healthcare. Or you can work as a consultant across these industries and more.

Your IDC degree provides you with what it takes to develop major initiatives and direct a variety of project team members. You'll help an organization match its business goals with its communication strategy.


Is this a terminal degree?

Because we are an accredited school and part of the University System of Georgia, our master's students are also qualified to pursue an education at the doctoral level. Students with our master's degree have gone on to study at the PhD level at schools like Georgia State, Texas Tech University, and Old Dominion.


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