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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.

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

Faculty

Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s School of Communications professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals.

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 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 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 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).

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

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.

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

Required Core Courses

ICM 501Foundations in Graduate Studies3
ICM 506Writing for Interactive Media3
ICM 601Master's Capstone3
Total Credits9

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

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Webinar

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