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Accelerated Dual-Degree BA or BFA/MA or MS Program (3+1)

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Are you driven to succeed? Earn your bachelor’s degree in three years and your master’s degree in journalism, sports journalism, public relations or interactive media in one year with our accelerated program.

Program Overview

The communications and media production fields demand integrated skills, diverse experiences and the highest level of education possible for long-term success. These attributes are exactly what the four-year Dual-Degree (3+1) program provides, along with the significant cost-saving benefits of an accelerated program.

The 3+1 program is immersive and interdisciplinary, with a strong focus on career development. Regular trips to studios, stations, agencies and other media facilities provide students with a close-up view of how all elements of communication come together in the field — not to mention networking opportunities. The program also features a strong support system. Students in the 3+1 programs may choose to live in an optional Living-Learning Community (LLC) that provides an engaging, supportive academic and social environment. The program's director also serves as a point-person for academic advising and will work closely with you to guide you through course selection and internship processes.

The accelerated Dual-Degree four-year BA or BFA/MA or MS (3+1) program is designed for outstanding School of Communications students — generally those who rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class. Students are invited to the program as freshmen and complete the bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace (three years as opposed to the typical four). Current and future first-year students will be required to live on campus for the three year ‘undergraduate’ portion of their study.

This accelerated program enable you to seamlessly earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees at a significant savings compared to traditional models.

  • Complete your degree sooner, save on tuition costs and enter the workforce at least one year earlier, with a graduate degree
  • Your scholarships are available throughout your master’s degree program
  • No annual tuition increases or course overload fees
  • A first-year Living-Learning Community cohort housing opportunity, including a dedicated resident assistant
  • 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)

Students in the Accelerated Dual-Degree program can major in one of six undergraduate programs. Links to each program page are listed below:

In Their Words

“The program is incredible and I am so glad that I was given the chance to be a part of it. The work and classes are challenging yet engaging and keep my passion for the media industry alive. We are more than just a program. We're a community of students and faculty who share a passion for our growth in the field of communications. Deciding to join the program is one of the best decisions I ever made!”
Rebecca Durante ’19, MS ’20
Communications/media studies major, public relations master’s degree
Two students on the set of the Harry talk show with camera in the background

On set

Rebecca Durante '19, MS '20, and Leah Lavin '19, MS '20, visit the set of "Harry" to observe the nuts and bolts of media production.

“The thing that I like most about this program is that it is a way for me as a student coming out of college to stand out to employers. I believe that coming out of college in four years with a master's degree will help to show to my future employer that I am dedicated and hard working.”
Matthew Allen ’19, MS ’20
Film, television and media arts major, interactive media and communications master’s degree, Division I athlete
A varsity student running as part of a Cross Country competition with a small crown behind him.

Beating the competition

Matthew Allen, '19, MS '20 competes in a Cross Country competition as part of Quinnipiac's Division One team.


A student being interviewed by Harry Connick Jr. on the set

Primetime experiences

Mat Fortin, '19 MS '20, participates in a contest on Harry Connick Jr.'s new show, "Harry."


Student Spotlight: Mat Fortin '19, MS ’20

A taste of the spotlight

Dual-degree (3+1) media studies major Mat Fortin ’19, MS ’20 got an unexpected taste of the spotlight during a taping of Harry Connick Jr.’s show, “Harry” in New York City. Fortin, who attended with other 3+1 students, was selected by Connick Jr. to participate in the show’s special contest segment, which he would go on to win.

Afterward, Fortin and his classmates were treated to a personal Q&A session by the show’s executive producers, who discussed the nuances of media production, as well as life on the set of a syndicated talk-show. For Fortin, whose professional goal is to become a television personality, the trip couldn’t have gone better.

“I went into this thinking that it would be great if I could meet a producer or Harry himself,” he said. “But I never imagined that I would end up on national television that morning, too.”


A view from the board with monitors showing all angles of a student news show being filmed.


The Ed McMahon Communications Center

If you're passionate about working behind the scenes or you see yourself running the news desk, the Ed McMahon Communications Center will fulfill your every need. With 4K edit suites and more than 80 multimedia workstations, we have the latest industry standard software for editing, design, production and more. In the Media Innovation Classroom and our labs, you will develop broadcast, print, mobile and interactive news content for campus media and a true experiential learning experience.

To learn more about this center and more offerings for journalism students, visit our Centers and Resources page.