FAQ

How do I apply to the graduate program in public relations?
Where are some of your graduates working?
Where did public relations graduate students attend school as undergraduates?
I do not have an undergraduate degree in public relations but do hold a bachelor's degree in another discipline. Am I a good candidate for admission?
Is it possible to finish the master's program in one calendar year (fast track)?
May I complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis?
I can't start my studies until January. Is it possible to start the public relations graduate program in the spring semester?
What is the difference between full-time and part-time study?
I am currently working in a full-time job, which limits my ability to take courses during business hours. When are courses offered?
I am currently working full-time but wish to pursue full-time studies. Is that practical?
Does Quinnipiac offer assistantships of any kind to graduate students?
I have several years of professional experience. Will I be required to take introductory courses that seem to be below my level of experience?
Do I need to buy a new computer and software?
Who handles student advising on course selections and careers?
I would like to complete an internship as one of my electives. Will the program provide help in finding an internship?
How do I decide whether to do a research thesis or professional project?


How do I apply to the graduate program in public relations?
Visit the Graduate Admissions page to apply online. A print version of the Graduate Application (Adobe PDF) is also available. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Quinnipiac University
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1908
Phone: 203-582-8672
E-mail: graduate@quinnipiac.edu

Where are some of your graduates working?
Graduates of the program work in public relations in a variety of professional contexts: agencies, corporate, non-profit, and governmental organizations; from large organizations such as Yale University or City of New Haven to smaller firms such as Mountain Media or Smith & Jones.

Where did public relations graduate students attend school as undergraduates?
The graduate program draws students from throughout the United States and other nations. Students come from a variety of academic experiences at large and small universities and colleges.

I do not have an undergraduate degree in public relations but do hold a bachelor's degree in another discipline. Am I a good candidate for admission?
Yes. Students holding bachelor's degrees, as well as graduate degrees, in disciplines other than public relations are encouraged to apply. In fact, expertise and skills in other disciplines may greatly enhance a student's career opportunities in public relations. For example, a student with financial experience might choose to specialize in investor relations. A student with experience in journalism might choose to specialize in media relations. A student with legal training may choose to specialize in crisis management and/or litigation public relations.

Is it possible to finish the master's program in one calendar year?
Yes, students who pursue the degree on the fast-track will spend nine months on campus taking 15 credits per semester and complete a research thesis or professional project in the summer. Students are eligible to take part in the May Commencement ceremony if they are within six credits of completing the program. Learn more about the recommended degree plan for fast-track students

May I complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis? Yes. Students may take up to six years to complete the program requirements. Enrolling full-time allows the student to complete the degree in two years, or the student may enroll on a part-time basis to complete the degree in three to six years. Learn more about the recommended degree plan for full-time and part-time students

I can't start my studies until January. Is it possible to start the public relations graduate program in the spring semester?
No. New students begin the program only in the fall semester. Core courses are taught on a fall/spring rotation such that required core courses are offered only once per year.

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What is the difference between full-time and part-time study?
Students are considered full-time if they take three or more courses. Part-time students must take two courses per semester unless they receive special permission from the graduate program director. Students should note that falling below part-time status could affect financial aid requirements.

I am currently working in a full-time job, which limits my ability to take courses during business hours. When are courses offered?
Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evenings. Most courses run in the evening from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. In addition, some classes are offered online and do not require physical presence on campus.

I am currently working full-time but wish to pursue full-time studies. Is that practical?
No. Graduate courses are demanding, and students who try to work full-time and meet full-time program requirements will find it extremely difficult. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in order to complete the program. Thus, we recommend that only full-time students pursue full-time studies. Students with full-time careers should follow the part-time trajectory of two courses per semester.

Does Quinnipiac offer assistantships of any kind to graduate students?
Yes. We provide graduate assistantships to a limited number of students per semester. Students who receive graduate assistantships receive tuition remission equal to one course in exchange for 10 hours a week of research work with a professor or staff member. Students who wish to receive a graduate assistantship must apply through the Office of Graduate Admissions. The School of Communications does not offer teaching assistantships.

I have several years of professional experience. Will I be required to take introductory courses that seem to be below my level of experience?
Yes. The "introductory" courses examine theories and concepts with which many working professionals are not familiar and that are important in advanced classes. Plus, the student's educational experience is enhanced by interactions among students with varying degrees of experience, expertise and skill levels.

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Do I need to buy a new computer and software?
Students are strongly encouraged to purchase a laptop computer and software. If a student does not wish to buy a laptop, the student may use machines located in the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center and/or the Arnold Bernhard Library. Computer availability in the McMahon Center is limited to the hours when classes are not in session on a given day of the week. Times vary from semester to semester but are posted outside each of the two rooms.

Who handles student advising on course selections and careers?
The graduate program director advises students on questions concerning the program and course selections, as well as career options. The assistant dean for career services helps students with the career-building process.

I would like to complete an internship as one of my electives. Will the program provide help in finding an internship?
Yes, students have access to internship resources available to all School of Communications students. However, students are responsible for securing an appropriate position and getting the program director's approval. Students interested in completing an internship should set up a meeting with the program director to review internship requirements.

How do I decide whether to do a research thesis or professional project?
Students discuss thesis and project options in the research design course in the spring semester. The program director is also available to meet with students to review possible topics and requirements for this capstone experience. Once a direction is chosen, the student's work is supervised by a faculty committee.

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