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Dual-Degree BA or BS/MS in Public Relations (4+1)

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Introduction

Whether you see yourself serving as a publicist in the entertainment industry, representing a Fortune 500 company or helping a political candidate reach voters, we’ll give you the modern skills necessary to excel in the rapidly evolving world of public relations.

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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Admissions

Only currently enrolled students may apply to this program. Applications will not be accepted until junior year. Application requests, requirements and general counseling will happen directly with an advisor from the School of Communications.