Master of Arts in Cinematic Production Management

Program Contact: Liam O’Brien 203-582-8438

Film, television and streaming media companies all over the world need professionals who understand and can manage the production cycle from script development through visual post-production editing and national distribution and marketing. The unique, 36-credit Cinematic Production Management (CPM) program teaches technical skills and practical industry knowledge that are typically only accumulated over four to six years in the field, giving you a rare professional advantage.

Collaborative and heavily project-based, the CPM curriculum was designed with input from Los Angeles-based veterans of the entertainment industry, and culminates in a capstone course wherein a student will write, budget and produce a short film that is developed over the course of his/her studies. Additionally, the majority of CPM courses are delivered online, making it practical, cost-effective and convenient.

Graduates are fast-tracked to a range of management positions, including production office coordinator and location manager, to name a few. Students also are placed on a clear path toward careers as 1st assistant directors, production managers and other mid-upper echelon management jobs. The CPM program pairs well with a variety of backgrounds, from business to theater. It also complements several undergraduate majors in the School of Communications, including film, television and media arts, media studies and public relations, making it an ideal choice for students in Quinnipiac’s accelerated dual-degree (3+1) and dual-degree (4+1) programs.

MA in Cinematic Production Management

Program of Study

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 graduate course with a grade of less than C has to be retaken.

Required courses
FTM 501Master's Colloquy3
FTM 502Contemporary Practices in Production Workflow3
FTM 503Screenwriting I3
FTM 504Production Scheduling and Introduction to Production Budgeting3
FTM 505Entertainment Law and Talent Agency Contemporary Practice3
FTM 506Screenwriting II and Production Workshop3
FTM 507Production Budgeting3
FTM 508Principles of Domestic and Worldwide Production Office Management Practices3
FTM 509Principles of Film, Television and Streaming Media Analytics, Sales and Distribution3
FTM 510Principles of Post-Production Management3
Capstone requirement
FTM 601Production Management Thesis Production6
Total Credits36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Creative Thinking and Visual Literacy: Develop the ability to conceptualize and produce visual stories demonstrating aesthetic competence, fluency with visual grammar, and an appreciation of the historical context from which new forms and stories are created.
  2. Written and Oral Communication: Acquire the facility to create effective content for visual media, as well as an ability to demonstrate both written and oral proficiency within a variety of professional formats and delivery platforms.
  3. Critical Thinking and Reasoning: Develop the skills needed to critically analyze the work of others as a means to problem-solve and better inform students’ own original creative output. Achieve a proficiency in creating professional quality work within the parameters and practical limitations of a broad spectrum of production environments. Recognize works of art as visual arguments, and be able to use analytical skills to assess their effectiveness.
  4. Information Fluency: Learn to plan and produce effectively across a wide array of technical contexts, demonstrating facility and expertise with pre-production, production and post production phases of film, television and streaming media creation.
  5. Social Intelligence: Demonstrate an ability to work effectively within groups and production teams, to understand and manage collaborations and to act ethically, constructively and responsibly in the process of achieving individual and common goals.
  6. Diversity Awareness and Sensitivity: Acquire an understanding of and respect for the similarities and differences among human communities, including a recognition and appreciation for the unique talents and contributions of all individuals.
  7. Responsible Citizenship: Learn to recognize and analyze media-related issues and influence decisions and actions at the local, national and global community, and to become engaged as responsible citizens.


The School of Communications invites applications from prospective students who wish to pursue the professional practice of cinematic production management. Recent graduates of a bachelor’s degree 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 is based on the following:

  • undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • a resume showing experience either as a student or professional
  • two academic or professional recommendations
  • an original piece of writing (1,000-word maximum) on why the applicant wishes to enter this program