Program Contact: Blythe Frank 203-582-7624

Quinnipiac offers a five-year Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s in Cinematic Production Management (4+1) program for students who are currently enrolled in any Quinnipiac undergraduate program and would like to pursue graduate studies at the university. If accepted, students can take up to 6 credits of graduate courses during their senior year beginning in the fall semester. Those credits can be applied to both undergraduate and graduate programs. Applications for the dual-degree program are available through the School of Communications.

Film, television and streaming media companies all over the world need professionals who understand and can manage the production cycle from script development through visual post-production editing and international distribution and marketing. The unique, 36-credit Cinematic Production Management (CPM) program teaches technical skills and practical industry knowledge that gives students a strong overview of industry production history and contemporary professional practice. 

Collaborative and heavily project-based, the CPM curriculum was designed with input from Los Angeles–based veterans of the entertainment industry, and culminates in a capstone course wherein students develop, schedule, budget and create pitch materials for a professional-level film, show or documentary developed over the course of their studies. Additionally, the majority of CPM courses are delivered online, making it practical, cost-effective and convenient.

Graduates are fast-tracked to succeed in a range of entry-level management positions, including production coordinator, writer's assistant, showrunner's assistant and assistant location manager, to name a few. The CPM program pairs well with a variety of backgrounds, from business to theater. It also complements several undergraduate majors in the School of Communications, including film, television and media arts, media studies and public relations, making it an ideal choice for students in Quinnipiac’s accelerated dual-degree and dual-degree programs.

Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s (4+1) Program of Study

Current Quinnipiac undergraduate students may apply for the five-year dual-degree program in their junior year.

Students in the Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master’s in Cinematic Production Management (4+1) program complete 6 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, which also fulfills undergraduate electives. Students must work with their undergraduate adviser to ensure that the courses fit into their degree programs.

To earn the master’s degree, students must complete 36 credits with a minimum 3.00 GPA and no grades less than a C. Any graduate course with a grade of less than C has to be retaken.

Program of Study

Required courses
FTM 501Production Reconstruction3
FTM 502Advanced Production Management Workflow3
FTM 503Creative Development3
FTM 505Entertainment Law and Deal Making Practice3
FTM 508Domestic and Worldwide Distribution and Sales for Film and TV3
FTM 510Principles of Post-Production Management3
FTM 511Film Finance Models3
FTM 515Showrunning for TV3
FTM 601Production Management Thesis Production6
Electives for CPM, select two courses from the list below6
World Building and Creative Collaboration
Modern Hollywood and the Future of the Industry
Special Topics in Cinematic Production Management
Production Internship/Apprenticeship
Total Credits36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Creative Thinking and Visual Literacy: Develop the ability to conceptualize and produce visual stories demonstrating aesthetic competence, fluency with visual grammar, and an appreciation of the historical context from which new forms and stories are created.
  2. Written and Oral Communication: Acquire the facility to create effective content for visual media, as well as an ability to demonstrate both written and oral proficiency within a variety of professional formats and delivery platforms.
  3. Critical Thinking and Reasoning: Develop the skills needed to critically analyze the work of others as a means to problem-solve and better inform students’ own original creative output. Achieve a proficiency in creating professional quality work within the parameters and practical limitations of a broad spectrum of production environments. Recognize works of art as visual arguments, and be able to use analytical skills to assess their effectiveness.
  4. Information Fluency: Learn to plan and produce effectively across a wide array of technical contexts, demonstrating facility and expertise with preproduction, production and postproduction phases of film, television and streaming media creation.
  5. Social Intelligence: Demonstrate an ability to work effectively within groups and production teams, to understand and manage collaborations and to act ethically, constructively and responsibly in the process of achieving individual and common goals.
  6. Diversity Awareness and Sensitivity: Acquire an understanding of and respect for the similarities and differences among human communities, including a recognition and appreciation for the unique talents and contributions of all individuals.
  7. Responsible Citizenship: Learn to recognize and analyze media-related issues and influence decisions and actions at the local, national and global community, and to become engaged as responsible citizens.


Quinnipiac University students from any undergraduate major may apply to the dual-degree bachelor’s/master’s program during their junior year. The deadline is the third Friday in February. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater by the end of their junior year. 
An application should be submitted to the graduate programs director in the School of Communications and consists of the following:
  • application form
  • resume
  • two letters of reference (one from a professor in the student’s major)
  • a personal statement