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A new world of opportunity

This is the most exciting time in the history of communications. In just the past decade, mobile computing and social media have revolutionized communications, interactions and relationships. Everyone is a publisher. Access is constant. Real-time data and analytics provide audience insight enabling communications optimization. The world of communications is complex, ever-changing and demanding, but also rewarding for those who are well prepared. Although it may be difficult now to distinguish among the many communications schools and their promises of a high-quality education, the difference will become evident as you advance in your career.

At Quinnipiac’s School of Communications, our point of difference is clear. We provide an education that closely tracks what the markets require, experiential learning opportunities to be able to apply that knowledge, and expansive relationships with the top companies to help you gain skills through internships and then land your first job.

We’re proud of the achievements of our students and alumni. Employers everywhere tell us how ambitious and talented they are. If you're up for working in this new world of communications, Quinnipiac is the perfect place to start.


A Proven Path

Graduating seniors who say Quinnipiac contributed to their development of the skills that employers want — Quinnipiac's Essential Learning Outcomes (GSS, 2016)


Staying Power

Quinnipiac's 90% Fall 2016 first- to second-year retention rate, compared to the latest national retention data (ACT Institutional File, 2015)


Full-Time Commitment

Percent of full-time faculty who hold the highest degree in their field

By the Numbers


Highly Regarded

National rank of Quinnipiac among LinkedIn’s 2014 analysis of best schools for media professionals. (Other schools in the top 10 included New York University, Duke, Northwestern, Syracuse, Fordham and Yale.)


Career Focused

Quinnipiac's value-add over public peer schools in student's perceived gains in acquiring job- or work-related knowledge and skills (NSSE 2015)


Opportunities to grow

From student groups, 17 fraternities and sororities and 6 student media organizations to arts, political, cultural and spirit groups, you’ll never be bored

Programs at a Glance

From traditional to innovative to accelerated, we’ve got a program for that

All School of Communications programs deliver market-driven knowledge and expertise and provide strong emphasis on experiential learning in our world-sized classroom. Our model of communications education takes our students beyond the ordinary to learn and apply their knowledge in real communications and media settings.

The School of Communications offers industry-staple programs in journalism, public relations, media studies, and film, television and media arts. In response to market demands, we also offer new-media programs in advertising and integrated communications, as well as graphic and interactive design. These programs are at the cutting-edge of the industry and we continuously adjust our programs to meet the needs of the market.

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Two students operate a large camera during a broadcast news class.

Going live

Students are exposed to professional equipment during their first year at Quinnipiac.

Accelerated programs

If you're looking for advanced programs, we've got those, too. The School of Communications offers a variety of accelerated and dual-degree master's programs, such as our 4-year (3+1) BA or BFA/MS program, which allows you to complete your undergraduate and graduate degrees together in just four years to get you working faster. And as a communications student, beating deadlines is something you can appreciate.


A journalism student handles a drone during a class outside on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Launching their careers

Our journalism students learn the tools of the evolving industry throughout their time at Quinnipiac — including gaming, virtual reality and drone techniques.

Career Development

Putting your education to work

We get it. You’re looking for as close to a guarantee as possible. You want to make sure that your Quinnipiac education will land you a good job — and continue to pay dividends throughout your career.

At Quinnipiac, your career preparation begins very early in your program. Career development advisers are actively engaged as critical partners to help you to translate your knowledge and skills into income. Through coaching, resume building, creating an effective LinkedIn profile, interview guidance, networking, career fairs and internships — we’re here to support your transition from student life to a professional career.

Your opportunities are further enhanced by our power location. Our proximity to New York City provides access and opportunities across all of our programs. We also share a state with the likes of ESPN, NBC Sports and A&E Television, among others — where many of our students intern and our alumni work.

Opportunities for students

  • Internship and job search assistance
  • Access to state-of-the-art digital communications tools
  • Individual career advising and counseling sessions
  • On-campus corporate recruiting, information sessions and visits
  • Annual career fair
  • Site visits to organizations throughout the area
  • Participation in the national Bateman PR student competition

Centers and Resources

Preparation for 21st-century media production

The School of Communications continues to improve on its already innovative curriculum and sophisticated, technologically advanced communications center — all designed to give you a competitive advantage. Learn in some of the best and newly renovated communications and media environments. From our Ed McMahon Communications Center, where you have access to a complete television production studio, including cameras, teleprompters and a control room, to our News Technology Center, which has been purposefully designed to emulate a newsroom and production facility.

If you're looking for more ways to develop your skills, you will have the opportunity to participate in student media, where you can produce and cover all of Quinnipiac's 21 Division I team games, both home and away. Travel with the team, collaborate with local media, tweet, publish, write, edit, post, produce. You'll be immersed in real working environments that blur the lines between being a student and being a professional.

Students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of our core communications programs. From Ireland to Nicaragua, and from Los Angeles to New York City, our students learn by doing with some of our best global partnerships. 

The Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program is experiential learning defined — and an opportunity unlike any other at the university. QU in LA sets students up with more than just internships with the most influential production companies, talent agencies and news organizations on the west coast; it enables them to live, learn and network in the center of America’s entertainment industry.

Student Samantha Bashaw photographs a men's hockey game against Yale for the student-run newspaper, The Quinnipiac Chronicle.

Documenting the moment

Samantha Bashaw '19, MS '20, photographs the Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey game against top rival Yale for the student-run newspaper, The Quinnipiac Chronicle.

“Through the courses I have taken so far, I see myself very prepared for life after college. Being a journalist, there are very specific ways you must write — whether in print or in broadcast — and I have been taught both aspects here.”
Samantha Bashaw '19, MS '20
Journalism, 3+1 communications program


Students in a communications class listen to a Xerox executive speak.

Leading industry perspectives

Chief communications officer from Xerox, Anne Marie Squeo, speaks to two strategic communication classes. Our students often have opportunities to meet and network with industry professionals across disciplines.


Strategic Plan

A communications school of the 21st century

The School of Communications has developed a five-year strategic plan that focuses on the student experience. We’re proud of what the school has accomplished during its first 20 years of operation and look ahead with excitement as to how we can help our students become the communicators of the future.

Alumni Advisory Board

Connecting students and alumni

The School of Communications has established an Alumni Advisory Board. The board provides our students connections and professional opportunities across the globe. Members of the Alumni Advisory Board bring decades of experience and leadership, and provide crucial insight into a broad scope of communications industries in film, graphic design, journalism, media strategy and public relations. They also act as liaisons to a number of leading organizations.


Your path to a successful career starts here

Admissions counselors and your advisers in the School of Communications are present at every stage of your application process. From the first steps toward your undergraduate education, to the leap into graduate study, we are committed to helping you enroll in your program of choice with a sense of confidence and clarity. Motivated incoming freshmen and current students interested in our accelerated 3+1 and fast-track dual-degree programs can rely on faculty mentors to help them decide if these tracks are right for them.