Master of Science in Interactive Media and Communications

Program Contact: Phillip Simon 203-582-8274

The Master of Science in Interactive Media and Communications program merges creative, visual and critical thinking to mold expert digital storytellers and designers who are able to reach audiences on any platform in the world.

The program not only prepares students to design, produce and manage a range of content but also to become strong creative thinkers and visual leaders. Students 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.

The program provides a deep exploration into all aspects of media, including web design and production; social media analytics; digital audio, video and graphics; and UX and UI.

Regardless of the specialty, the completion of a practice-based portfolio capstone is central to the program experience. This capstone is not a singular project, but a robust, web-based portfolio generated over time that will showcase accumulated work and skill set depth. The student's portfolio is influenced by every course and program experience and can be shown to employers in a range of fields from marketing, public relations and advertising to journalism, publishing, entertainment and health care.

The program encourages applications from prospective students who want to apply skills acquired during their undergraduate education or professional careers. Students come from a diverse range of experiences such as journalism, information technology, graphic design, web design/management, game design, broadcasting, filmmaking, media studies and public relations; as well as liberal arts and sciences.

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

Electives (select seven, aligned with your professional goals)

ICM 502Visual Design3
ICM 504Motion Across Media3
ICM 505Web Technologies3
ICM 508Audio and Video Design3
ICM 512Principals of User Experience Design3
ICM 513Content Strategy3
ICM 514Understanding Your Audience3
ICM 517Ideation, Prototyping and Testing3
ICM 518Visual Storytelling3
ICM 522Social Media Practice and Techniques3
ICM 524Social Media Analytics3
ICM 528Content Creation3
ICM 529Data Visualization3
ICM 530Independent Study3
ICM 531Graduate Internship3

Admission

The School of Communications invites applications from prospective students who wish to pursue the professional practice of interactive media and communications. 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 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 professional or academic recommendations.
  • online samples of written, visual, media or interactive work.
  • a 500-word personal statement (see application)