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  • Master’s in Digital Content Management (MSI)

    MSI in Digital Content Management

    Drexel University’s online MSI in Digital Content Management is designed for content specialists from across the industry spectrum. The curriculum emphasizes the technological components of the field, from taking charge of small- and large-scale content management systems to designing, developing, and implementing other forms of programming and software solutions. You’ll also learn to lead, focusing on managing not just content, but the process of implementing these systems into your organization.

    What is a Master’s in Digital Content Management?

    Digital content management is fairly straightforward: a content manager’s main responsibilities revolve around effectively creating, managing, and leveraging digital content. That content can range from text to graphics to other forms of multimedia, like video or audio. Typically, a digital content manager is responsible for managing and maintaining a digital content management system (CMS) and/or a digital assets management system.

    What Can I Do with a Master’s in Digital Content Management?

    Whether you’re working (or aspire to work) in government, education, business, creative industries, digital media, or beyond, Drexel’s online MSI in Digital Content Management will prepare you to be competitive in the job market. Companies such as Facebook, Bank of America, IBM, and Microsoft all employ content management specialists with titles like digital content manager and head of content. Other common job titles include web content producer, document specialist, and content strategist.

    How Do I Become a Digital Content Manager?

    Drexel’s master’s degree in digital content management draws on fields like library and information science, information systems, and human computer interaction. Its goal is to prepare you to not only manage and organize assets, but to work within your organization in a leadership capacity to implement systems and organize projects. This degree focuses on understanding content as well as the technology and business aspects of the job. Courses include topics like “Information Visualization” and “Information Innovation through Design Thinking.” You’ll be able to take the skills you learn here and either apply them directly to your current role, or use them to give you an edge in the job market.

    What are the Salary Expectations for Master’s in Digital Content Management Graduates?

    While salaries will vary based on industry, title and location, Drexel’s online MSI in Digital Content Management prepares you to command a competitive salary in a number of roles, including:

    Job Title

    Average Salary*

    Information Systems Manager

    $142,530

    Librarian

    $59,050

    Digital Content Strategy Manager

    $162,200

    Content Manager

    $145,450

    *Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics and WANTED Analytics

    Master’s in Digital Content Management Online Program Features

    • The program is fully online, so you can learn around your schedule
    • The interdisciplinary curriculum lets you take electives in areas like communication, business, engineering, and more
    • Coursework covers the creation, design, operation, stewardship, and governing of digital content, including systems supporting institutional and enterprise information needs
    • Capstone project focuses on letting you tackle real-world issues that arise in the field

    Related Programs


    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    The program focuses on managing and supporting the use of digital content for decision making and innovation. Coursework covers the creation, design, operation, stewardship, and governing of digital content, including systems supporting institutional and enterprise information needs. A culminating capstone project specifically explores information and data-related issues and challenges involved in the application domain of your choice.

    In addition to the five required courses, this 45-credit program features:

    • Three foundation courses
    • Six elective courses, or one elctive course plus an additional major in Library and Information Science (LIS) or Human Computer Interaction/User Experience (HCI/UX)
    • One capstone course. Single majors can pursue an optional research or longer-term project-based capstone, spanning two quarters (6 credits), which will reduce the overall electives to five courses; double majors may pursue this option with no electives.

    Sample Courses

    INFO 633 — Information Visualization
    Introduces concepts and principles of information visualization from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Emphasizes the development of critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in the context of information visualization. Provides exposure to current information visualization tools.

    INFO 654 — Enterprise Content Management
    This DCM class introduces foundational concepts, practices, and principles of Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Major topics include ECM system architecture, standards, workflows, publishing, analytics, and performance. Includes hands-on activities working with an ECM and integrated software. Also includes ECM system selection and evaluation, and addresses issues associated with legacy and next generation systems, local and global implementations, ownership, and control.

    INFO 676 — Applied Ontology
    Presents the fundamentals of ontology modeling, development, and application in Web-based information systems. Focuses on the broad foundational coverage of key concepts, principles, and technologies in using ontologies for content management, knowledge representation, and semantic reasoning. Major topics include the history of ontology, data models, XML documents, the Semantic Web technologies, RDF, OWL, ontology development tools, and a variety of different ontologies and their applications in different domains.

    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred, in a completed degree program, bachelor’s degree or above

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success, and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $1303 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2019-2020 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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