Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s in Public Relations (4+1)

Program Contact: Laura Willis  203-582-7805

Quinnipiac offers a five-year Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s in Public Relations (4+1) program for students who are currently enrolled in any Quinnipiac undergraduate program and wish to pursue graduate studies at the university. If accepted, students typically take 6 credits of graduate courses during their senior year beginning in the fall semester. Those credits can be applied to both undergraduate and graduate programs. Applications for the dual-degree program are available through the School of Communications.

The Master of Science in Public Relations program offers students the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in a highly competitive and growing field. The program is designed for those interested in advancing their careers in public relations and/or transitioning into public relations from complementary fields such as (but not limited to) finance, law, health care, technology, human resources, journalism and marketing. The program helps recent graduates with bachelor’s degrees in public relations and other disciplines gain a competitive edge as they enter the workforce.

Graduates of the program are qualified to work as public relations specialists in both the public sector and private sector with expertise and skills applicable to corporate, nonprofit and government institutions. Students study the conceptual and theoretical foundations of public relations, learn how to conduct and analyze public relations research and evaluation, and hone their skills in contemporary public relations practices and techniques. The program stresses professional competence, global consciousness, and professional and social responsibility.

Also available is a Social Media Track for students who want to delve deeper into social media. Students who choose the Social Media Track take courses that cover social media practices, social and web analytics, and strategic planning. In this track, students learn the fundamental practices that have led to the rise of social media and how to deploy them across multiple platforms and disciplines. Students who complete this track have a firm understanding of the role social media plays in today’s communications landscape as well as the tools to deploy new solutions as this media continues to grow and evolve.