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Complete Your Degree: Reflection Paper, Capstone or Thesis

Degree Completion Options

You can choose from the following options to complete your degree in Digital Communication and Media Arts (Digital Communication concentration):

When you're ready to choose your degree completion option, you must complete this form and receive approval from the program director.


Digital Communication Reflection Paper

Complete a comprehensive reflection paper during your final term in the program.

  • Does not come with course credit.
  • Eligibility: Available to all students.
  • Enrollment Deadline: Must complete the Degree Completion Option Form by Friday of Week 1 of your graduation quarter.

Digital Communication Capstone

In consultation with a faculty member in the College of Communication, expand or develop a paper or project you have worked on in the program. The capstone should take approximately 10 hours total to complete.

  • Does not come with course credit.
  • Eligibility: 3.5 GPA or higher. Must have completed at least 10 courses (40 credit hours) in your program.
  • Enrollment Deadline: Must complete the Degree Completion Option Form by Friday of Week 1 of your graduation quarter.

Master's Thesis

Create an original project (i.e., web- or film-based projects, or projects related to professional or educational organizations) or write a substantial (75-100 page) standalone paper.

  • Comes with course credit (replaces two additional electives).
  • Eligibility: 3.7 GPA or higher. Must have completed at least 6 courses (24 credit hours) in your program.
  • Enrollment Deadline: Must complete the Degree Completion Option Form by Friday of Week 1 of Winter Quarter. Once approved for the thesis, you must enroll in CMNS 594 in Winter Quarter the year you wish to graduate and CMNS 595 or 599 in Spring Quarter the year you wish to g​raduate.