Master’s Degree in Media Literacy and Digital Culture

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Department Location

Martire Business & Communications Center
5401 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Program Director

Bill Yousman, Ph.D.
Tel: 203-396-8085

Discover a 21st Century Approach to Media Studies. 

Take an active role in today’s always-connected media culture. Learn to analyze and create media in all forms, foster your creativity and social awareness, and use digital media to make a difference.

Earn Your Master of Arts in Media Literacy & Digital Culture

Digital media has the power to shape our understanding of the world – yet we have the power to command it.

Through this program, you will:

  • Explore the relationship between media, culture and society
  • Develop a critical understanding of content and changing technologies
  • Understand production processes and industry practices
  • Investigate the impact stories and images have on audiences

Concentrate your studies in Children, Health & Media, Media & Social Justice or Political Action & Media Production– and complete the program in as little as one year

‌Put your coursework into practice during Capstone Experiences 

Learn to plan, create and implement media literacy curricula, campaigns and initiatives for corporate, educational and nonprofit organizations.

Graduates are ready to make an impact as:Become a creative and socially aware professional communicator

  • Early childhood educators
  • Primary and secondary educators
  • Media specialists
  • Social media managers
  • Athletic coaches and trainers
  • Health promotion educators and marketers
  • Counselors
  • Human and social service providers
  • Community organizers
  • Nonprofit managers

“This program helped me move forward in my career while expanding my understanding of the media environment my students are immersed in.”  -- Kelly Balanca, sixth-grade teacher

Additional Program Benefits

  • Hands-on curriculum provides ample opportunity to produce media literacy materials for a variety of audiences and organizations

  • Blended courses and flexible scheduling for one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) plans of study

  • Experienced faculty who are established media literacy scholars and professionals

  • Enhanced learning through workshops, symposia, and publication and guest teaching opportunities.

  • Professional portfolio development that demonstrates your skills as a 21st century communicator

  • Professional relationships established through frequent interactions with Advisory Board members and capstone site supervisors

  • Integrated Macbook Air program enables students to fully participate in the digital environment 

Begin exploring a cutting edge approach to media studies. Apply for your Master’s in Media Literacy & Digital Culture today. 


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WSHU: Education Is The Only Way To Fight Fake News

March 8, 2017

Since the presidential election last year, the term “fake news” has been used to discredit news reports, real or otherwise, and to shape public opinion. At times its meaning has become murky. To get some clarity, WSHU’s Davis Dunavin spoke with Bill Yousman, assistant professor and director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University. They discussed what fake news really is, and why it’s dangerous.

State Approves Media Literacy and Digital Culture Program for Professional Certification

November 29, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has gained state approval for its Media Literacy and Digital Culture (MLDC) graduate program, which enables new teachers to meet their professional certification requirements. Candidates will be eligible to apply for this top-level certification upon degree completion and three years of successful teaching.

Students and Staff Learn About Media Literacy at Workshop

November 25, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Several students and faculty members from the School of Communication and Media Arts learned about the history and impact of media literacy in the digital age at a workshop and luncheon led by the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME). Co-president of ACME, Rob Williams, alongside special guest vice-president of ACME, Ben Boyington, presented on the history of the media literacy movement. A networking luncheon followed when students and faculty joined Julie Frechette, co-president of ACME, for a presentation on what media literacy means in the digital age.