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Accelerated Four-Year (3+1) BA or BFA/MS Program

Are you driven to succeed? Earn your bachelor’s degree in three years and your master’s degree in journalism, sports journalism, public relations, or interactive media in one year with this new accelerated program.

Program Overview

The accelerated four-year (3+1) BA or BFA/MS program is designed for outstanding School of Communications students — those who rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class and have a combined SAT score of 1200 (or ACT of 27). Students are invited to the program as freshmen and complete the bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace (three years as opposed to the typical four).

Program features include:

  • Flat tuition and fees for the entire 4 years, with academic scholarships carrying over from the third to the fourth (graduate) year
  • An optional Living Learning Community cohort housing opportunity, including a dedicated residential assistant
  • An academic advisor who also serves as the director of the program within the school
  • Special programming and networking opportunities for program students
  • Guaranteed acceptance to the QU in LA program

You'll have the opportunity to choose among our 6 undergraduate programs and 4 graduate programs. Learn more about each program by clicking the links below.

Student Spotlight

"The thing that I like most about this program is that it is a way for me as a student coming out of college to stand out to employers. I believe that coming out of college in four years with a master's degree will help to show to my future employer that I am dedicated and hard working"
Matthew Allen '19, MS '20, Division I athlete
Film, Television and Media Arts major, Interactive Media master’s degree

Beating the competition

Matthew Allen, '19, MS '20 competes in a Cross Country competition as part of Quinnipiac's Division One team.

On Set

Rebecca Durante, '19 MS '20, and Leah Lavin, '19 MS '20, visit the set of "Harry" to observe the nuts and bolts of media production. When asked what her favorite part of the 3+1 program was, Lavin said "We are more than just a program, we're a community of students and faculty who share a passion for our growth in the field of communications."

"The program is incredible and I am so glad that I was given the chance to be a part of it. The work and classes are challenging yet engaging and keep my passion for the media industry alive. Deciding to join the program is one of the best decisions I ever made!"
Rebecca Durante '19, MS '20
Communications/Media Studies major, Public Relations master's degree

A Taste of the Spotlight

3+1 media studies major Mat Fortin ’20 got an unexpected taste of the spotlight during a taping of Harry Connick Jr.’s show, “Harry” in New York City. Fortin, who attended with other 3+1 students, was selected by Connick Jr. to participate in the show’s special contest segment, which he would go on to win.

Afterward, Fortin and his classmates were treated to a personal Q&A session by the show’s executive producers, who discussed the nuances of media production, as well as life on the set of a syndicated talk-show. For Fortin, whose professional goal is to become television personality, the trip couldn’t have gone better.

“I went into this thinking that it would be great if I could meet a producer or Harry himself,” he said. “But I never imagined that I would end up on national television that morning, too.”

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Mat Fortin, '19 MS '20, participates in a contest on Harry Connick Jr.'s new show, "Harry".

Program Requirements

Students must live in one of the University's housing options for their first three years of the program. Undergraduate degree requirements are completed in three years, and graduate degree requirements in one year. Six credits count toward both the graduate and undergraduate requirements, saving both time and money. Typically, students are registered for 18-19 credits in the fall or spring semesters and up to six credits during summer sessions. Most summer courses are offered online, so students do not need to remain in Hamden during the summer months.

Additional course details
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