While students in the Park School are well-prepared to continue on to graduate study, our undergraduate degrees and experiential learning opportunities are so rich that they typically find jobs immediately. Some students do elect to go on to law school, or they find a complimentary graduate degree that gives them new skills and perspectives. For example, some journalism students have gone on to study a specific field that they want to cover, such as finance or education. Some students in communications management & design have pursued master's degrees in educational technology or in a specific content area such as public health.
You can also pursue a graduate degree right here at Ithaca College, and often students plan their undergraduate study so that they can even graduate a year early - getting a head start on their master's.
The Image Text MFA degree is a unique low-residency terminal degree program focused on the intersection of writing and photography. Applicants must have a portfolio in either writing or lens-based media such as photography. The 25 month program incorporates month-long residencies in Ithaca during the summer, a week-long winter session at an international cultural center such as London, plus online collaboration and coursework during the fall and spring semesters.
Ithaca College's School of Business, in partnership with the Park School of Communications and our School of Music, is offering an MBA program in Entertainment and Media Management that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to manage, develop, and distribute creative content. Through required business courses such as accounting, finance, business law, management, and marketing, along with an immersive experiential learning component, students engage with the full spectrum of operational decisions involved in running media and entertainment businesses. Courses are on campus but include trips to our Los Angeles program and to festivals and conferences worldwide. Students can complete this degree in less than one year.