To qualify for admission to the master of science in interactive media and communications program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Graduates of a bachelor's program outside of the communications field are welcome to apply, as are prospective students who wish to either shift careers or enhance their professional standing.
Admission to this program is very competitive. Applicants should ensure that each component of their application exhibits their ability think critically and develop meaningful, creative work throughout the program.
The School of Communications accepts applications for the fall and spring semesters. Please note that the admissions committee will not review an application until it is complete with all supporting documents, which include:
- Application for admission
- $45 application fee
- A current résumé
- Two professional recommendations or academic recommendations for recent college graduates. A combination is acceptable as well. Your recommendations should speak to your ability to succeed with graduate school level work, how your professional or academic experience has prepared you for the program, and why you will be an exceptional student.
- 500-word personal statement. Please describe accomplishments or experiences that are pertinent to your goals for graduate study in interactive media. Explain how graduate studies will advance your professional goals.
- Portfolio of written, visual and/or audio work. Please see "online portfolio requirement" below for more details on this requirement.
- An original writing sample (minimum 1,000 words) that demonstrates graduate-level writing abilities. This can be an academic, professional or creative work that the applicant has already produced, or a new piece of writing on a topic of the applicant's choice. Your topic should be relevant to your course of study and effectively demonstrate depth of thought, critical thinking, and ability to perform deep research and formulate ideas.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, which should also reflect the date of degree conferral from the bachelor's degree program.
- Please note: Dual degree applicants do not apply here. Separate admissions requirements apply to QU undergraduates for the dual degree five-year bachelor/master's degree program. Contact the ICM program director for further information.
Online Portfolio Requirement
Applicants are required to submit a Web address link (URL) to a portfolio of work demonstrating the applicant's ability as a writer, artist, interactive designer, video producer, journalist, social media specialist or specialist in another creative or professional field.
The website may include links to other sites, videos, files, documents, etc. If an applicant has numerous web addresses, they should be aggregated in one place. Your portfolio should reflect your best work and contain works in multiple mediums whenever possible. Include details about why each component was included for review. Applicants should explain their specific roles in any work requiring participation as a member of a production team along with an explanation of their creative process
Applicants who do not have a website may establish a free Google site for posting the portfolio. Instructions for creating and preparing a Google site are located at this address: https://support.google.com/sites/.
As an alternative to Google Sites, https://crevado.com, is a free portfolio tool applicants can use to create a portfolio for image or video based work. The free version allows up to 30 images.