School of Communications

Why School of Quinnipiac Title

Overview

A new world of opportunity

This is the most exciting time in the history of communications. In just the past decade, mobile computing and social media have revolutionized communications, interactions and relationships. Everyone is a publisher. Access is constant. Real-time data and analytics provide audience insight enabling communications optimization. The world of communications is complex, ever-changing and demanding — but rewarding for those who are well-prepared. Though it may be difficult now to distinguish among the many communications schools and their promises of a high-quality education, the difference will become evident as you advance in your career.

At Quinnipiac’s School of Communications, our point of difference is clear. We provide an education that closely tracks what the markets require, experiential learning opportunities to be able to apply that knowledge, and expansive relationships with the top companies to help you gain experience through internships and then land your first job.

We’re proud of the achievements of our students and alumni. Employers everywhere tell us how ambitious and talented they are. If you're up for working in this new world of communications, Quinnipiac is the perfect place to start.

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A Proven Path

Graduating seniors who say Quinnipiac contributed to their development of the skills that employers want — QU's Essential Learning Outcomes (GSS, 2016)

+22%


Staying Power

Quinnipiac's 90% Fall 2016 first- to second-year retention rate, compared to the latest national retention data (ACT Institutional File, 2015)

87%


Full-Time Commitment

Percent of full-time faculty who hold the highest degree in their field

By the Numbers

7th


Highly Regarded

National rank of Quinnipiac among LinkedIn’s 2014 analysis of best schools for media professionals. (Other schools in the top 10 included New York University, Duke, Northwestern, Syracuse, Fordham and Yale.)

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Career Focused

Quinnipiac's value-add over public peer schools in student's perceived gains in acquiring job- or work-related knowledge and skills (NSSE 2015)

150+


Opportunities to grow

From student groups, 17 fraternities and sororities and 6 student media organizations to arts, political, cultural and spirit groups, you’ll never be bored

Programs at a Glance

Going live

Students are exposed to professional equipment during their first year at Quinnipiac.

From traditional to innovative to accelerated, we’ve got a program for that

All School of Communications programs deliver market-driven knowledge and expertise and provide strong emphasis on experiential learning in our world-sized classroom. Our model of communications education takes our students beyond the ordinary to learn and apply their knowledge in real communications and media settings.

The School of Communications offers industry-staple programs in journalism, public relations, media studies, and film, television and media arts. In response to market demands, we also offer new-media programs in advertising and integrated communications, as well as interactive digital design. These programs are at the cutting-edge of the industy and we continuously adjust our programs to meet the needs of the market. 

If you're looking for advanced programs, we've got those, too. The School of Communications offers a variety of accelerated and dual-degree master's programs, such as our 4-year (3+1) BA or BFA/MS program, which allows you to complete your undergraduate and graduate degrees to get you working faster. And as a communications student, beating deadlines is something you can appreciate.

School and Campus Life

Team results

A team of students edit our student-run newspaper, The Quinnipiac Chronicle, each week.

School and Campus Life

A network of opportunity

School of Communications students create a vibrant community of more than 12 student-run clubs and organizations, such as Q30-TV, WQAQ FM, Quinnipiac Film Society and The Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network.

Further, students are immersed in student competitions, including the College Media Association Pinnacle, the New England Society of News Editors, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

We will also provide you opportunities to work, study and travel in places such as New York City, South Africa and Dublin, Ireland. Quinnipiac in LA is a year-round program based in Los Angeles for our undergraduate and graduate students that combines course work with an internship in the entertainment industry, journalism, digital design, advertising and many other areas.

“I feel like I am learning so much this way. It’s exactly what I want to do in my life, and it’s crazy I get to experience it at my age and at my education level.”
Emma Soviero '17
Film, Television and Media Arts
Professor Rebecca Abbott with Richard Dobbs, who has directed a few episodes of "Law and Order" with his wife Didi, at the filming of a police training video at the School of Communications

Multiple opportunities

Students in the film, television and media arts program receive intensive hands-on training in all phases of digital media production.

Quinnipiac University students in Ben Bogardus' class, Producing and Presenting the News, wrap up their live weekly newscast Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016 in the School of Communications on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus.  In this course students act as producers, news and sports reporters, writers, editors and anchors as they put on a live show.

That's a wrap

Students produce a newscast as part of a class.

Career Development

Launching their careers

Our journalism students learn the tools of the evolving industry throughout their time at Quinnipiac — including gaming, virtual reality and drone techniques.

Career Development

Putting your education to work

We get it. You’re looking for as close to a guarantee as possible. You want to make sure that your Quinnipiac education will land you a good job — and continue to pay dividends throughout your career.

At Quinnipiac, your career preparation begins very early in your program. Career development advisers are actively engaged as critical partners to help you to translate your knowledge and skills into income. Coaching, resume building, creating an effective LinkedIn profile, interview guidance, networking, career fairs, internships — we’re here to support your transition from your student life to your professional life.

Your opportunities are further enhanced by our power location. Our proximity to New York City provides access and opportunities across all of our programs. We also share a state with the likes of ESPN, NBC Sports and A&E Television, among others — where many of our students intern and alumni work.

Opportunities for students


  • Internship and job search assistance
  • Access to state-of-the art digital communications tools
  • Individual career advising and counseling sessions
  • On-campus corporate recruiting, information sessions and visits
  • Annual career fair
  • Site visits to organizations throughout the area
  • Participation in the national Bateman PR student competition

Admissions

Your path to a successful career starts here

Admissions counselors and your advisers in the School of Communications are present at every stage of your application process. From the first steps toward your undergraduate education, to the leap into graduate study, we are commited to helping you enroll in your program of choice with a sense of confidence and clarity. Motivated incoming freshmen and current students interested in our accelerated 3+1 and fast-track dual-degree programs can rely on faculty mentors to help them decide if these tracks are right for them.    

Centers and Resources

Preparation for 21st-century media production

The School of Communications continues to improve on our already innovative curriculum and sophisticated, technologically advanced communications center — all designed to give you a competitive advantage. Learn in some of the best and newly renovated communications and media environments. From our Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, where you have access to a complete television production studio including camera, teleprompters and control room, to our News Technology Center, which has been purposefully designed to emulate a newsroom and production facility.

If you're looking for more ways to develop your skills, you will have the opportunity to participate in student media, where you can produce and cover all of Quinnipiac's 21 NCAA Division I team games, both home and away. Travel with the team, collaborate with local media, tweet, publish, write, edit, post, produce. You'll be immersed in real working environments that blur the lines between being a student and being a professional.

Students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of our core communications programs. From Ireland to Nicaragua, and from LA to NYC, our students learn by doing with some of our best global partnerships. 

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