Digital Media and Storytelling Master of Communication

About the Digital Media and Storytelling Master of Communication

The Master of Communication: Digital Media and Storytelling program is for makers of all forms of digital content who want to turn ideas into compelling, marketable stories and explore new ways of storytelling using today's technology and digital platforms.

The two-year, 36-credit program prepares you for a career in digital media by teaching the most critical skills hiring managers are looking for: How to write, shoot and edit powerful digital content. You'll learn the fundamentals of digital media, develop your understanding of trends and technologies, and explore new ways of crafting narratives that engage and resonate with audiences.

Program Structure

The master of communication degree can be pursued full-time or part-time.

  • Full-time students take three classes per semester and complete the program within two years

  • Part-time students take two classes per semester and have up to three years to complete the program

You have the option to switch between full-and part-time enrollment to accommodate your availability and schedule.

Classes are held on weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.

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Why Choose Loyola for Your Master of Communication?

Our unique, award-winning program has a stellar reputation in the industry — both our faculty and students have been recognized by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) for the excellence of their work and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has recognized our students for their work in short and long form content. Our program is a great career boost for digital storytellers and professionals who want to add to their communication skills and their resumes.

Tell the story — your way

Shape your own experience and create a curriculum to meet your needs and career plans. Just bring your interest in learning the tools of communication, journalism, advertising, public relations, and documentary filmmaking that tell a story using contemporary digital tools and methods.

We accept about 18 students for each fall cohort. The program is small enough to provide individual attention from faculty members while providing many opportunities for interacting and collaborating with fellow students and industry professionals.

Digital media and communication expertise are needed across every field and industry. The program offers a digital tune-up in today’s communication skills and gives you the tools to create powerful content that you can apply to any work environment. View our program's portfolio, Communique, for examples of student work.

Learn how to use the latest in state-of-the-art professional cameras, editing software, digital, video, and other equipment in our Convergence Studio and technology labs. Wherever your career takes you, you’ll be ready to use the digital tools needed on the job from day one.

Program faculty work with you to help determine your best path to a new career in digital media or how to become more marketable in your current area of employment. You will create a digital portfolio in the heart of Chicago — a world-class city recognized as a leading communication and business hub.

Study abroad programs allow you to travel and work with a faculty member to complete projects for real-world clients. Past study options have included Cuba, Moscow, Chile, and Puerto Rico.

The Digital Media and Storytelling Master of Communication is STEM-certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation. With a national shortage of professionals trained in STEM-related fields, employers are actively pursuing STEM degree holders.

Meet the Faculty

The School of Communication’s 30+ full-time faculty members are highly experienced teachers and enterprising scholars with significant backgrounds as professional communicators. Our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all share the same passion: bringing their experience to the classroom. Our faculty have worked at places such as ABC and CBS news, CNN and the Chicago Tribune, large ad agencies and public relations firms, and have produced and distributed films that have aired nationally. From advertising to film to international journalism, you’ll learn from some of the field’s experts.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Digital Media and Storytelling Master of Communication program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Digital Media and Storytelling Master of Communication learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Digital Media and Storytelling Master of Communication totals $41940.00, or 36 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Information about scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

Appointments and Events

Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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The School of Communication offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Digital Media and Storytelling Master of Communication are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: Rolling applications

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Digital Media and Storytelling Master of Communication include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

  • 2.75 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement of purpose should address the three points below and be minimum one page in length, double spaced.

  1. Identify your career goals.

  2. Explain how the Digital Media and Storytelling Program can help you achieve your career goals.

  3. How does your background experience qualify you as a candidate for the program?

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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