Communications Innovation MS

Communications Innovation 

Robert Regan, Program Director  rregan@ithaca.edu

At Ithaca College, we’re helping accomplished professionals and high-potential leaders get ahead of the communications curve with a blended learning two-year master's of science degree in Communications Innovation.

The Roy H. Park School of Communications' asynchronous courses allow you to collaborate with other professionals and professors online while maintaining your full-time job.  While the majority of this degree is delivered online, students will also participate in a several intensive on site classes, held over long weekends at various locations throughout the world.

The curriculum provides a foundation in media economics, systems modeling, human perception, storytelling, consumer behavior, research methods, product/interface design, global leadership, and relevant legal and ethical issues. The courses are a platform for engaging in problem-based learning, stimulating original ways of thinking, and promoting new connections across nations, technologies, platforms, industries, and constituencies.

This highly collaborative coursework culminates in a capstone research and development project that provides immediate value to the graduate cohort and their employers. Students graduate from the program with a fully researched business plan, and are ready to introduce new entrepreneurial visions into the world.

Program Time Frame

It is expected that all students will be enrolled full-time and complete the program in 24 months.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for the executive master’s in Communications Innovation students must meet the following qualifications;

  • Have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from an international college or university (applications are reviewed on an individual basis and GPA is reviewed in conjunction with all other aspects of the application). 
  • Have five or more years of professional work experience or equivalent expertise.
  • Submit a short personal letter stating the purpose for pursuing graduate study and describing any relevant educational or professional experience that qualifies the application for this master’s degree.
  • Complete the Ithaca College application form, and submit a current resume with a nonrefundable application fee.
  • Arrange for two letters of recommendations to be submitted from the applicant’s immediate supervisor and/or an individual qualified to assess the applicant’s ability to pursue an executive graduate degree. 
  • Arrange for official sealed transcripts from all institutions of higher education that the applicant has attended to be sent directly to the Ithaca College Office of Admissions, which includes a full transcript for the required bachelor’s degree and any other degrees earned or coursed taken.
  • Participate in a required interview (in person or via teleconference) with the Program Director.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers) by submitting official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 114 (Internet-based test) or equivalent.
  • Maintain an up-to-date passport for international travel.

Academic Policies

Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and may not earn less than a grade of B in 10 or more credits.  Any documented pattern of unprofessional behavior will be addressed by the Director and may be subject to dismissal from the program. 

Graduate Assistantships

Students enrolled in the blended distance education program are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

Academic Advising

The Director of the M.S. in Communications Innovations serves as the academic adviser for all students, and oversees the capstone research and development project, which culminates in a final presentation in Ithaca.

Degree Requirements

Students complete 32 credits over a two-year period and graduate with a master’s of science in Communications Innovation.

Most courses are offered in a highly collaborative, asynchronous online environment, allowing students to interact with peers, professors, and the course material in a convenient setting. Typically, students take one course at a time over a five-week period, and the degree culminates in a final research and development project.

The blended learning program begins and ends with a three-day on site intensive class in Ithaca, New York, each August, providing a welcome and introduction for new students and an opportunity for graduating students to present their research and development projects to the entire student and faculty community.


Required Courses

EXCO 50000Innovation and Collaboration

3

EXCO 60000Emerging Media: Principles and Theories

1

EXCO 60100Interaction and Interface Design

1

EXCO 60200Transmedia Storytelling

1

EXCO 60300Ethics of the Media

1

EXCO 60400Government Regulation of Communications

1

EXCO 60500Intellectual Property and Business Contracts

1

EXCO 60600Audience Research Tools and Sources

1

EXCO 60700Quantitative and Qualitative Data Anlysis and Decision-Making

1

EXCO 60800Consumer Behavior: Theory and Application

1

EXCO 60900Communication Economics and Entrepreneurship

2

EXCO 61000Communication Theory for Global Leadership and Product Development

2

EXCO 61101-61199Selected Topics in Communications Innovation (2-3 credits)*

10

*10 credits total required

EXCO 61200Research and Development Project I

3

EXCO 61300Research and Development Project II

3

Total Credit Hours:32

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