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MS in Interactive Media and Communications

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Program Overview

The MS in Interactive Media and Communications not only prepares you to design, produce and manage a range of content, but to become strong creative thinkers and visual leaders. You’ll learn principles of human-centered design to better understand and connect with a wide range of audiences, and apply design thinking strategies to solve creative, technical and business-related obstacles. Moreover, you’ll be able to craft highly effective and ethical cross-media communication strategies. 

The program provides deep exploration into all aspects of media, including web design and production; social media analytics; digital audio, video and graphics; and UX and UI. A flexible elective structure allows you to customize your degree to coincide with your career goals. Certain elective sequences can lead to certifications in the areas of social media and user experience during the course of your study. These stackable certifications are resume boosters and proof of your expertise for potential employers.

Regardless of your specialty, the completion of a practice-based capstone will be central to your experience. This capstone is not a singular project, but a robust, web-based portfolio generated over time that will showcase accumulated work and the depth of your skill set. Your portfolio is an evolving thing influenced by every course and experience, and something you'll be confident to show employers in a range of fields from marketing, public relations and advertising to journalism, publishing, entertainment and health care.

About Online Learning

Flexible scheduling meets world-class education

Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.

“This program delivers precisely the curriculum I have been looking to find. Online access to this level of learning provided me the opportunity to continue my education at a master’s level while maintaining my full-time job.”
Shelley C., MS '20
Graphic Designer, Oregon Department of Transportation

Curriculum and Requirements

MS in Interactive Media and Communications Program of Study

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. Certain elective sequences can lead to certifications in the areas of social media and user experience during the course of study.

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

The program may be completed in 21 months, provided students complete two courses per semester including summer. The program is designed to be completed online, however, there will be some courses available on-campus. Full-time students can finish in 16 months. Fall and spring starts are available.

Students also have the opportunity to enroll in an optional 3-credit internship. Also available is an optional 3-credit independent study for students who want to do advanced work or research on a particular topic.

Current Quinnipiac undergraduate students may apply for the five-year dual-degree bachelor/master’s program.

Required Core Courses

ICM 501Foundations in Graduate Studies3
ICM 506Writing for Interactive Media3
ICM 601Master's Capstone3

Electives (select seven, aligned with your professional goals)

ICM 502Visual Design3
ICM 504Motion Across Media3
ICM 505Web Technologies3
ICM 508Audio and Video Design3
ICM 512Principles of User Experience Design3
ICM 513Content Strategy3
ICM 514Understanding Your Audience3
ICM 517Ideation, Prototyping and Testing3
ICM 518Visual Storytelling3
ICM 522Social Media Practice and Techniques3
ICM 524Social Media Analytics3
ICM 528Content Creation3
ICM 529Data Visualization3
ICM 530Independent Study3
ICM 531Graduate Internship3

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Ready to learn more?

Take a first-hand look into the MS in Interactive Media and Communications program by joining us for a free webinar hosted by our program director, Phill Simon. You'll learn all you need to know about the program as we cover:

  • How the program will benefit you professionally
  • A detailed overview of the faculty you'll be working with
  • Information on the market outlook for media and communication fields
  • Frequently asked questions — and answers