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Master of Science in Technology and Humanities

The Master of Science in Technology and Humanities (THUM) will provide you with a humanities-focused foundation in communication practices, information and communication technologies, and the ways that information flows through and beyond organizations.

THUM coursework provides exposure to practice and leading theories in user experience research, web design, and visual design fundamentals for documents and digital media.

Students in the THUM program come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including design, English, and humanities, which makes for a vibrant community and classroom discussions informed by a variety of perspectives.

Program at a Glance

The M.S. in THUM program at Illinois Tech requires a total of 33 credit hours. Students attending full-time (9 credit hours) typically complete their M.S. degrees in two years. Part-time students (3-6 credit hours) regularly finish in less than three years.

THUM core (18 credit hours)
Electives (minimum of 12 credit hours)
Project or thesis (minimum of 3 credit hours)
Project review or thesis exam

Students preparing for careers in industry are advised to take the project option, while students preparing for a Ph.D. are encouraged to complete the thesis option.

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Sample courses

After Graduation

Graduates of the technology and humanities program will be prepared  for successful careers in content strategy, instructional design, communication (including social media), as well as user experience and interface design.

Admissions Guidelines

In addition to an application form, you must submit the following:

  1. Professional statement discussing your professional and academic preparation and goals.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors who can evaluate your potential for graduate-level work.
  3. Official transcripts, or certified copies thereof, of all academic work at the college level or above.
  4. Required test scores.

You are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with minimum scores of 144 in quantitative reasoning and 153 in verbal reasoning, and an analytical writing score of at least 3.0.

If you are an international student you must submit TOEFL scores unless you are exempt as specified in the "International Applicant Requirements" of the Graduate Bulletin. The minimum TOEFL score is 95, with minimum section scores of 20 each in the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections.

Applicants should contact Nathan Robbins, recruitment and admissions specialist in the Office of Graduate Admissions, with any questions about the application system or assistance uploading required files.

Note: Enrolling in courses does not guarantee later acceptance into a degree program, nor does meeting the minimum admission requirements. If you enter as a non-degree or certificate student you should first discuss your plans with the director of graduate studies.

Learn More

Get in touch: For more information about the Master of Science in Technology and Humanities, email Libby Hemphill, director of graduate studies, or call the Department of Humanities office at 312.567.3465.

Apply: Begin the application process at the Office of Graduate Admissions website. Applications for Fall 2017 are due April 30, 2017; applications for Spring 2018 admission are due in August 31, 2017.

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