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 '20Graphic 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 501||Foundations in Graduate Studies||3|
|ICM 506||Writing for Interactive Media||3|
|ICM 601||Master's Capstone||3|
Electives (select seven, aligned with your professional goals)
|ICM 502||Visual Design||3|
|ICM 504||Motion Across Media||3|
|ICM 505||Web Technologies||3|
|ICM 508||Audio and Video Design||3|
|ICM 512||Principles of User Experience Design||3|
|ICM 513||Content Strategy||3|
|ICM 514||Understanding Your Audience||3|
|ICM 517||Ideation, Prototyping and Testing||3|
|ICM 518||Visual Storytelling||3|
|ICM 522||Social Media Practice and Techniques||3|
|ICM 524||Social Media Analytics||3|
|ICM 528||Content Creation||3|
|ICM 529||Data Visualization||3|
|ICM 530||Independent Study||3|
|ICM 531||Graduate Internship||3|
Additional course details
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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
To qualify for admission to the MS in Interactive Media and Communications program, a student must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Recent graduates of a bachelor’s program outside of the communications field are welcome to apply, as are prospective students who are presently working and wish to either shift careers or enhance their professional standing. Admission to the program is competitive.
The School of Communications accepts applications for the fall and spring semesters. Please note that the admissions committee will not review an application until it is complete with all supporting documents, which include:
- Application for admission
- $45 application fee
- Two professional recommendations or academic recommendations if recently in college — A combination is acceptable as well
- 500-word personal statement — Please describe accomplishments or experiences that are pertinent to goals for graduate study in interactive media
- Portfolio of written, visual or audio work (see “online portfolio requirement” below)
- An original writing sample (minimum 1,000 words) — This can be an academic, professional or creative work that has already been produced, or a new piece of writing on a topic of the applicant's choice.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, which should also reflect the date of degree conferral from the bachelor’s degree program
Please note: Separate admissions requirements apply to QU undergraduates for the Dual-Degree Bachelor's/Master’s Degree (4+1) program
Online portfolio requirement
Applicants are required to submit a web address link (URL) to a portfolio of work demonstrating the applicant’s ability as a writer, artist, interactive designer, video producer, journalist, social media specialist or specialist in another creative or professional field.
The website may include links to other sites, videos, files, documents, etc. If an applicant has numerous web addresses, they should be aggregated in one virtual place. The applicant should explain roles in any work requiring participation as a member of a production team. Any current website is acceptable so long as it represents the full breadth of the applicant’s creativity, skill or knowledge.
Applicants who do not have a website may establish a free Google site for posting their portfolio. Instructions for creating and preparing a Google site are below.
As an alternative to Google sites, Crevado is a free portfolio tool applicants can use to create a portfolio for image- or video-based work. The free version allows up to 30 images, link below.