Design Your Future

University of Florida Online Master’s in Web Design

The online Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in Web Design includes 37 credit hours: 34 hours of coursework plus three final credits in the capstone course. The program curriculum is guided by an Advisory Council of top industry experts, with courses taught by industry professionals and University of Florida faculty. Full-time students can complete the master’s degree in as few as 16 months.

Unique Learning Experience
UF CJC Online programs are designed for students who crave:

  • Courses that challenge them to grow as communicators through hands-on assignments where they receive detailed constructive feedback from peers and instructors
  • The flexibility of online courses where pre-recorded lectures and live online meetings allow students to engage with their courses from anywhere in the world
  • Networking opportunities with peers, alumni, instructors, and guest lecturers
  • Professional growth and advancement opportunities
  • Creative storytelling skills
  • A transformative student-centered learning experience
  • Personalized attention from highly engaged faculty
  • An affordable and respected graduate degree from a top-10 public university

Core Competencies of the Web Design and Online Communication Specialization
Courses are designed to teach students how to:

  • Create branded messaging for digital platforms
  • Code a fully responsive website tailored to client and audience needs
  • Design effective communications campaigns
  • Utilize theory to create effective integrated marketing campaigns
  • Apply the principles and elements of design to online landscapes

Core Courses of the Web Design and Online Communication Specialization

  • Corporate and Brand Identity on the Web
  • Digital Imagery in Web Design
  • Digital Media Layout and Design
  • Foundations of Visual Communications Design
  • Web Design Principles
  • Advanced Web 1: Advanced Design
  • Advanced Web 2: Programming and Specialized Topics
  • Advanced Web 3: Web Interactivity and Engagement
  • User Experience (UX) Theory and Research
  • Mass Communication Theory

Application Deadlines: 

Fall: July 1

Spring: November 1

Summer: April 1


CODE Go beyond templates and shortcodes. Master HTML5 and CSS3, jQuery, JavaScript and PHP fundamentals. Take your front-end skills to the next level.
DESIGN Get creative with design tools including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Create stunning visuals and dynamic websites to drive engagement and enhance a user’s experience.
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION Focus on critical thinking, analysis, and practical skills to develop and implement communication strategies that advance an organization’s goals.

Careers in Web Design

Specific positions you may qualify for upon graduation include:

  • Brand Manager
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Digital Media Director
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Marketing Director
  • Online Campaign Strategist
  • Online Marketing Manager
  • Senior Web Producer
  • Web Content Coordinator
  • Web Designer
  • UX Designer/Manager


Quick Facts

37 credit hours for a master's degree
14 credit hours for a graduate certificate
100% online via
recorded lectures & live online class meetings
Fall Semester starts in August
Spring Semester starts in January
Summer Semester starts in May

Courses follow the UF Academic Calendar

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1

Spring Semester
November 1

Summer Semester
April 1



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What Our Alumni Say

If you want to pursue a career in web or graphic design but don’t know where to start, UF’s online master’s program will help you get there. You don’t need any coding or design experience prior to entering the program. All of the instructors have real world experience and live classes mean you can ask all the questions you need along the way. It was a very engaging program and while challenging, it was the best decision I could make for my career.

Vicki Grunewald

Freelance Web Designer & Developer
UF MA '15

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