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

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Introduction

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

Facilities

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

All looks good

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 BA/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 Public Relations (4+1) program complete 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 36 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grades less than a C.  Any course with a grade of less than C has to be retaken.

Sample Schedule

Senior Year (Fourth Year)
Fall Semester
STC 501Principles and Theories of Public Relations3
Spring Semester
STC 506Public Relations Management3
Summer Semester
STC 504Law and Ethics in Public Relations3
STC 531Graduate Internship in Public Relations3
Graduate Study (Fifth Year)
Fall Semester
STC 502Public Relations Research Methods3
STC 505Public Relations Writing3
STC Elective3
STC Elective3
Spring Semester
STC 503Public Relations Research Design3
STC 507Strategic Planning in Public Relations3
STC 601Public Relations Professional Project6
or STC 602 Public Relations Research Thesis
Total Credits36

Program of Study

Core requirements
STC 501Principles and Theories of Public Relations3
STC 502Public Relations Research Methods3
STC 503Public Relations Research Design3
STC 504Law and Ethics in Public Relations3
STC 505Public Relations Writing3
STC 506Public Relations Management3
STC 507Strategic Planning in Public Relations3
Public Relations elective requirements 1
Select two of the following:6
STC 510
Crisis Management
STC 511
Global Strategy
STC 512
Investor Relations
STC 513
Health and Strategic Communications
STC 514
Social and Mobile Media
STC 515
Special Topics in Public Relations
STC 531
Graduate Internship in Public Relations
STC 606
Independent Study
Free elective
Select one public relations elective (from list above) or elective from other School of Communications graduate programs approved by adviser3
Capstone requirement
STC 601Public Relations Professional Project6
or STC 602 Public Relations Research Thesis
Total Credits36
1

Students pursuing the Social Media Track must complete the following electives: STC 514 and two ICM electives focused on social media (graduate director approval required).

Dual-Degree BA/MS or BA/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 Public Relations (4+1) program complete 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 36 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grades less than a C.  Any course with a grade of less than C has to be retaken.

Sample Schedule

Senior Year (Fourth Year)
Fall Semester
STC 501Principles and Theories of Public Relations3
Spring Semester
STC 506Public Relations Management3
Summer Semester
STC 504Law and Ethics in Public Relations3
STC 531Graduate Internship in Public Relations3
Graduate Study (Fifth Year)
Fall Semester
STC 502Public Relations Research Methods3
STC 505Public Relations Writing3
STC Elective3
STC Elective3
Spring Semester
STC 503Public Relations Research Design3
STC 507Strategic Planning in Public Relations3
STC 601Public Relations Professional Project6
or STC 602 Public Relations Research Thesis
Total Credits36

Program of Study

Core requirements
STC 501Principles and Theories of Public Relations3
STC 502Public Relations Research Methods3
STC 503Public Relations Research Design3
STC 504Law and Ethics in Public Relations3
STC 505Public Relations Writing3
STC 506Public Relations Management3
STC 507Strategic Planning in Public Relations3
Public Relations elective requirements 1
Select two of the following:6
STC 510
Crisis Management
STC 511
Global Strategy
STC 512
Investor Relations
STC 513
Health and Strategic Communications
STC 514
Social and Mobile Media
STC 515
Special Topics in Public Relations
STC 531
Graduate Internship in Public Relations
STC 606
Independent Study
Free elective
Select one public relations elective (from list above) or elective from other School of Communications graduate programs approved by adviser3
Capstone requirement
STC 601Public Relations Professional Project6
or STC 602 Public Relations Research Thesis
Total Credits36
1

Students pursuing the Social Media Track must complete the following electives: STC 514 and two ICM electives focused on social media (graduate director approval required).

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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