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Dual-Degree BA or BS/MS in Interactive Media & Communications (4+1)

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Digital media has revolutionized the way entire industries interact with people in the modern world. We’ll give you the contemporary skills you need to excel in a diverse range of fields including public relations, marketing, entertainment and journalism.

Program Overview

There is a growing demand for skilled professionals who can design, produce and manage media content effectively. This five-year Dual-Degree program gives you the flexibility to pursue any undergraduate major you choose and get a head start on your master’s by taking some graduate level courses in interactive media your senior year. You’ll build a solid foundation in web production, social media, digital video and other forms of multimedia storytelling.

You can select one of three distinct concentrations depending on your specific interests and professional goals, including media design, social media and user experience design — or customize your own based on your career goals. You’ll also learn to critically analyze all aspects of media and develop problem-solving skills that are essential in such a rapidly evolving field.

The program can culminate with either an additional graduate course in communications, an internship or an advanced independent project that you design. And our vast network of alumni is a valuable resource for mentoring and job leads. Quinnipiac was rated a top 10 school for media professionals by LinkedIn, due in large part to the success our alumni have in the industry. Our graduates are working at CNN, ESPN and every major broadcast network. 

Alumni Spotlight

A natural storyteller

Alumna Janelle Gonzalez ’09, MS ‘10 knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue media production in college, and it was clear to her after just one campus visit which one she would attend.

“When I got to see the main communications facility at Quinnipiac, I was sold,” she said.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in Media Production, Gonzalez quickly entered the Master’s program in interactive communications. An internship with a New York City-based production company she got as a graduate student led to her first job offer—before she’d even completed her program.

Gonzalez would go on to experience her proudest moment at NBC Sports, when she won two Emmy Awards for her work on the 2014 Winter Olympics. Now employed at CNN Digital, she writes, produces and edits the features and documentaries that appear on CNN's digital platforms and television programs each day.

“I do what I love on a daily basis,” Gonzalez said, “and I’m incredibly proud of the work that I’ve done.”              

“Grad school is where everything really came together for me,”
Emmy-Award Winner Janelle Gonzalez ’09, MS ‘10


Nicole Kessler, a Quinnipiac University communications major works on various aspects of the Q30 television program TMA including operating the camera.

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Nicole Kessler, a Quinnipiac University communications major works on various aspects of the Q30 television program TMA including operating the camera.

The Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center

Immerse yourself in all aspects of media development and production at the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center. With 4K edit suites, more than 80 multimedia workstations and a professional-quality audio production studio, you'll have all the tools and technology neccessary for a true experiential learning experience.

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

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Curriculum and Requirements

Dual-Degree BA/MS or BS/MS (4+1) Program of Study

Current Quinnipiac undergraduate students may apply for the five-year dual-degree program in their junior year.

Students in the Dual-Degree BA/MS or BS/MS in Interactive Media and Communications (4+1) program complete up to 6 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, which also fulfills undergraduate electives. Students must work with their undergraduate adviser to ensure that the courses fit into their degree programs.

To earn the master’s degree, students must complete 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grades less than a C. Any course with a grade less than C must be retaken.

The program has 9 credits of required courses and 21 credits of electives. A flexible elective structure allows students to customize the degree to coincide with career goals. Students have the opportunity to enroll in an optional 3-credit internship as part of the program.

Students create a master’s blog, to keep a unique record of their research, perspectives and work through the program.

A required master’s capstone experience is included in the 30 credits. For the capstone, the students create a professional quality web portfolio, selected the best work from their courses and experiences.

Program of Study

Senior Year (Fourth Year)
Fall Semester
ICM 501Foundations in Graduate Studies3
Spring Semester
ICM 506Writing for Interactive Media3
Summer Semester
ICM Elective Courses6
Graduate Study (Fifth Year)
Fall Semester
ICM Elective Courses9
Spring Semester
ICM Electives Courses6
ICM 601Master's Capstone3
Total Credits30

Electives (select seven, aligned with your professional goals)

Select seven courses from the following list:21
ICM 502
Visual Design
ICM 504
Motion Across Media
ICM 505
Web Technologies
ICM 508
Audio and Video Design
ICM 512
Principles of User Experience Design
ICM 513
Content Strategy
ICM 514
Understanding Your Audience
ICM 517
Ideation, Prototyping and Testing
ICM 518
Visual Storytelling
ICM 522
Social Media Practice and Techniques
ICM 524
Social Media Analytics
ICM 528
Content Creation
ICM 529
Data Visualization
ICM 530
Independent Study
ICM 531
Graduate Internship
Total Credits21

If accepted, you can take up to 6 credits of graduate courses beginning in the fall semester of your senior year with the permission of the graduate public relations director. Those credits can be applied to both undergraduate and graduate programs. You will then complete the remaining requirements for the master's degree in the following year.

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