Technology and Humanities (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Technology and Humanities offers a humanities-focused foundation in communication practices, information and communication technologies, and the ways that information flows through and beyond organizations.

Master of Science in Technology and Humanities (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 Overview

This program offers a humanities-focused foundation in communication practices, as well as information and communication technologies. You'll study the leading theories in user experience research, web design, and visual design fundamentals for documents and digital media.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the technology and humanities program will be prepared for successful careers in:

  • Content strategy
  • Instructional design
  • Communication (including social media)
  • User experience and interface design
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The Master of Science in Technology and Humanities 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.

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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 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.

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.

Featured Faculty

Mohamed El Marzouki
Assistant Professor of Communication
Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Associate Dean, Humanities

“I pursued this degree because it is something that is incredibly important to study. I came from a teaching as well as school administration background, and in my career had seen my students change over time with the introduction of new technologies. The relationship between technology and the human is so important. The program has given me a new way to connect and learn about that relationship, as well as apply it to my practice. My professors have pushed me to think in different ways than I ever have before.”


Rachel Hirsh (THUM ’22)