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Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MS in Communications (3+1)

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Our accelerated dual-degree program allows you to combine your bachelor’s degree in theater with one of our master’s degrees in communications disciplines. The four-year program provides you with the training and experience you need to pursue a career in the dramatic arts while your advanced degree expands your career options both inside and parallel to the world of professional theater.

Program Overview

Preparation to excel on many stages

This accelerated dual-degree gives dedicated students the opportunity to study all facets of theater performance and production while seamlessly earning a master’s in one of several complementary communications disciplines.

You may combine the BA in Theater with one of four master of science degrees:

  • Interactive Media and Communications
  • Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Public Relations

The result is a powerful and flexible program that injects you into the theater industry in conventional and nonconventional ways while creating inroads to other fulfilling careers.

Whatever your professional and artistic goals may be, we believe that a livelihood in theater doesn’t have to be “all or nothing,” and that classically trained actors can leverage their training on a variety of stages. Public relations specialists, journalists and other media professionals — especially those in entertainment and the arts — can excel from studying theater, including team building, public speaking and community engagement skills.

You build your undergraduate foundation in theater before transitioning into graduate courses during your junior year. This affords you the opportunity to immerse yourself in all of the opportunities available in Quinnipiac’s theater department, including the annual New Play Festival in New York City, produced by The Barrow Group Theatre Company. You’ll be able to direct, perform and stage manage original productions, while receiving professional mentorship in all areas of theater performance and production by TBG’s members.    

Program features

Key features of the program include:

  • Flat tuition and fees for the entire 4 years, with academic scholarships carrying over from the third to the fourth (graduate) year
  • A Living-Learning Community cohort housing opportunity, including a dedicated resident assistant (required for the first three years)
  • An academic adviser who also serves as the director of the program within the school
  • Special programming and networking opportunities for program students
  • Guaranteed acceptance to the QU in LA program (additional fees may apply)

Complimentary degree program options

BA in Theater/MBA or MSA (3+1)
Quinnipiac also offers an accelerated (3+1) program combining a BA in Theater with one of our master’s degrees in business — Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Science in Accounting (MSA). This program is also completed in 4 years (3 undergraduate years and 1 graduate year). 

BS/MBA or MSA (3+1)
In lieu of completing a bachelor’s degree in theater, students may choose to complete an undergraduate degree from the School of Business and an MBA or MS in Accounting within the same timeframe (3 undergraduate years and 1 graduate year). 

Theatre Arts Center

Space to experiment

In Fall 2017, we opened the Theatre Arts Center. The space is located at 515 Sherman Avenue in Hamden, just around the corner from the York Hill Campus.

The new facility features a state-of-the-art black box theater, scenic shop, design studios, classrooms, faculty offices, a student lounge and additional rehearsal space.

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Curriculum and Requirements

Admission Requirements

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MS in Interactive Media and Communications, Journalism, Sports Journalism or Public Relations (3+1) program does not have a separate application process. Incoming freshman students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences BA in Theater who meet the accelerated dual-degree program criteria will be invited to enter the program.

To be considered for this accelerated program, students generally must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and must have a total SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1200 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 25 or higher.  

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first-quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

Merit Awards in Theater

Students applying for acceptance into the BA in Theater program are encouraged to apply for a Merit Award in Theater. Students who show promise in any of the primary areas of theater may be awarded scholarships.

Awards are limited to incoming freshmen and transfers only. Interested students must major or dual major in theater to be eligible. Awarded students need to remain a theater major or dual major in good academic standing for the award to continue in subsequent years. 

Students accepted into the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA in Theater/MS in Interactive Media and Communications, Journalism, Sports Journalism or Public Relations (3+1) program would be eligible for merit awards for the first 3 years (while earning the BA in Theater).