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School of Communications Quinnipiac University

  • Hamden, CT
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 62%38%
    student ratio
  • 195
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Quinnipiac University's Graduate School of Communications Offers Nationally-Ranked MS in Communication Degrees

One of the country's top-ranked graduate schools, Quinnipiac University's Graduate School of Communications in Connecticut offers three vigorous Master of Science programs: Interactive Media, Journalism, and Public Relations. The school's main objective is to provide graduate studies in communication that help students excel and succeed in the new media of an ever-accelerating electronic society.

Quinnipiac University (QU) is a nationally ranked, independent university in Hamden, CT. It is situated amidst picturesque, forested hills eight miles north of New Haven, 90 minutes from New York City, and two hours from Boston. Founded in 1929, the New England University has a national reputation for its high-caliber undergraduate and graduate programs in journalism, business, law, teaching, nursing, and the health professions.

Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center

Graduate students at Quinnipiac's School of Communications have the advantage of working in one of the finest university facilities in the Northeast, the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center. This state-of-the-art center features a 1,200-ft HDTV Studio with the latest, professional, all-digital high definition equipment. The Center's News Technology Center is modeled after a newsroom and has high-performance PCs, peripherals, and software for students' interactive multimedia and web design projects in new media.

The Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center features two radio studios, a multimedia production facility, editing suites and labs, and a mini-theater. The center's highly-skilled media professionals are on hand to instruct and assist students. As a result, graduate students with MS degrees in journalism, interactive media, or public relations have the hands-on training and knowledge to excel in their careers.

Students Gain Real-World Experience at Leading Media Organizations

QU students are taught by an internationally recognized faculty with extensive professional experience. Faculty's close ties to the industry give students opportunities for practical career advice, networking, professional development, and exciting internships.

Graduate students participate in internships at approximately 1,000 private and nonprofit organizations. Recently, graduate students have interned at local, regional, national, and global media companies including ESPN, MSNBC, and Tribune Broadcasting, and with various Web development firms.

Master of Science in Public Relations Program

The newest program on the esteemed QU School of Communication's roster is the 36-credit MS in Public Relations. The program's unique curriculum focuses exclusively on professional practice in public relations, unlike other masters programs in which PR is just an elective. The master's curriculum includes creative writing courses such as "Public Relations Writing." Students can specialize further in areas such as international public relations, investor relations, or healthcare public relations.

The pioneering public relations program is designed for early- to mid-career PR professionals who wish to advance and update their skills for today's changing workplace or for those transitioning from complementary vocations such as finance, law, healthcare, technology, human resources, journalism, advertising, and marketing. The MS also gives graduates a competitive edge when entering the workforce for the first time. Graduates are highly qualified to work as PR specialists in corporate, nonprofit, or government venues.

Master of Science in Journalism

The highly regarded 36-credit MS in Journalism program focuses not just on the traditional world of reporters, editors, and producers that are always needed for newspapers, broadcasting, radio, and magazines, but also on careers for online newspapers and other interactive delivery systems in the fast-paced world of the Internet. After completing the master's curriculum core courses, students choose specialized electives in print, broadcast, or online journalism. The master's curriculum includes creative writing courses such as "Writing for the Ear."

Graduates with an MS in Journalism from Quinnipiac University have the skills and well-rounded foundation to report the facts within the framework of objective, ethical principles and practices regardless of the distribution platform. Quinnipiac graduates work in all areas of news media, as print and broadcast reporters, and as producers and writers of online news.

Unique Master of Science in Interactive Media Offered on Campus or Online

The School of Communications' MS in Interactive Media program is a cutting-edge degree that focuses on the principles and practices of creating content for distribution through the Internet, portable media devices, and other digital platforms. The curriculum features a mix of courses that teach students how to blend animation, audio, graphics, still images, text, video, and user-generated content into a single narrative--thereby teaching students how to transform traditional or linear media forms into a non-linear multi-media experience for the audience.

Armed with an MS in interactive media, graduates have a competitive edge in the marketplace for opportunities as producers for advertising, entertainment, and news organizations engaged with the creation of content through digital systems. Students are encouraged to apply skills learned during their professional careers to multi-media content development, which shifts their thinking from traditional broadcasting and print to interactive, non-linear media that is evolving online.

The program is offered both as a nine-month program on campus and an online-only program. The two-year, online option attracts working professionals.

One of the Nation's Top "Wired" Universities

Graduate students in the School of Communication's three MS programs enjoy the many benefits of Quinnipiac University's reputation as one of the nation's "top wired universities." Quinnipiac's leading-edge campus network includes wireless in all public areas including residence halls, libraries, and classrooms. Public and classroom computer clusters provide hardware and software that complement student laptops.

Quinnipiac University's Financial Aid Sources

Approximately 70% of Quinnipiac students at the Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT campuses receive financial aid for tuition costs. QU's Office of Graduate Financial Aid helps students to understand the available loan options so that they can ultimately make the best personal decision for financing their graduate studies at a New England university with a national reputation.

Location & Contact

School of Communications

Quinnipiac University

275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
United States

Graduate Admissions Office

Phone: 800-462-1944
Fax: 203-582-3443

Ms. Katie Ludovico

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 203-582-8910
Fax: 203-582-3443

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Communication Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 56
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


88% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 140
    • Accepted 124
    • Acceptance Rate 88
    • Enrolled 101
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $45
    • Application Fee - International $45
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 30th April 30th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 15th September 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE (for public relations), minimum GPA of 2.8, portfolio or writing sample
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJune 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students195
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students195
    • Part-time Percentage75%
    • Full-time Percentage25%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian59%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown21%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty37
    • Full-time Percentage30%
    • Part-time Percentage70%
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%




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