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 '20Graphic Designer, Oregon Department of Transportation
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
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 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)
|Select seven courses from the following list:||21|
|Motion Across Media|
|Audio and Video Design|
|Principles of User Experience Design|
|Understanding Your Audience|
|Ideation, Prototyping and Testing|
|Social Media Practice and Techniques|
|Social Media Analytics|
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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 (or a combination of both) — Your recommendations should speak to your ability to succeed with graduate-level work, how your professional or academic experience has prepared you for the program, and why you will be an exceptional student.
- 500-word personal statement — Please describe accomplishments or experiences that are pertinent to your goals for graduate study in interactive media. Explain how graduate studies will advance your professional goals.
- Portfolio of written, visual or audio work (Please see “Online portfolio requirement” below for more details)
- 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. Your topic should be relevant to your course of study and effectively demonstrate depth of thought, critical thinking, and ability to perform deep research and formulate ideas.
- 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. Please contact the ICM program director for further information.
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 place. Your portfolio should reflect your best work and contain works in multiple mediums whenever possible. Include details about why each component was included for review. Applicants should explain their specific roles in any work requiring participation as a member of a production team, along with an explanation of their creative process.
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.