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Who should take this program?

This certificate can serve recent college graduates from a variety of disciplines as well as current professionals looking to advance/alter their careers. In either case, previous experience in a field related to media, art, or computer science is preferred, but not required.

What sets this program apart?

The certificate offers the combination of hands-on opportunities to develop skills with expert faculty who provide theoretical and practical knowledge. If you currently work or are planning to work in any field that involves media, this program will give you the opportunity to work across exciting academic disciplines and professional fields. What sets this program apart is how it brings together faculty and students from the arts, communication studies and computer science in a way that mirrors the working environments our graduates will face.

It also is the only certificate of its kind offered by SUNY in the Central New York area, so it brings the SUNY promise of quality and value.

Where can this certificate take me?

Depending on your specialization, you would be prepared for such jobs:

  • Social Media Coordinator/Strategist
  • Web/Multimedia Developer
  • Online Media Marketing Specialist
  • Online Content Writer
  • Project Manager - Digital Media

Regardless of job title, this certificate will give you a competitive edge. In addition to providing you with the technical skills to be a Web designer, content writer, video producer or other sought-after role, it will also give you the theoretical skills to think about applying integrated media purposefully. In this job market, technical skills are not enough; you also need to demonstrate you can think critically and creatively.

When are courses offered?

Currently, the program starts in fall. You can begin in spring, but it could take more than a year to complete the certificate as core requirement CMA 600 is only offered in fall at this time (it is a prerequisite to CMA 601, your independent study project). If you must begin in spring, one option is to take other courses that semester, then CMA 600 in fall, then CMA 601 the following spring online. If that is the only course you have left, you wouldn't need to be on campus. Please talk to your advisor about this option.

The certificate is currently only offered at our main lakeside campus. As demand increases, we will be able to offer the program at our Metro Center in Syracuse. For more information, email

Why a graduate certificate instead of a full master's degree?

The program is different from a master's program, which is typically two years. At the end of our program, you receive a graduate certificate, not a master's degree, which might be ideal if you want to update your skills but can't spare the time and money to complete a two-year degree.

Our certificate allows you to pick up needed skills in a quick, focused way. It takes less time and money to complete than a master's. At the same time, it allows you the opportunity to "sample" the field and decide if you want to work towards a master's in the future.

How much does it cost?

For information on the cost of classes and various financial aid possibilities, please contact Graduate Studies directly. 

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