MA in Global Communications
The Master of Arts in Global Communications (MAGC) is a three-semester, 48-credit degree that can be completed in one calendar year. This cutting-edge program offers a balance between solid intellectual preparation in communications and hands-on professional training with international experts.
Students graduate with a stellar profile: theoretical sophistication, skills-based mastery in key domains, and practical experience in global communications.
The digital, the global, the local
As a MAGC student, you’re encouraged to develop a layered understanding of:
- today’s digital revolution
- the economic transformations caused by brand globalization
- the intercultural challenges associated with new media and globalization—and the development of appropriate responses by governments, corporations, and NGOs
- the development of communications industries, including global advertising, social networking, search engines, and image management
You’ll study digital media development and globalization and become active world citizens in these processes. You’ll develop theoretical knowledge and critical research skills in media and communications, and receive practical hands-on training in areas including international advertising, branding, public relations, video production, and advocacy.
Courses are taught by academic researchers and top practitioners in their respective fields.
Challenging coursework, compelling experiences
The program provides students with theoretical core courses in global communications, global cultures, global media, rhetoric and globalization, as well as in new methodologies for emerging fields, branding, advertising, and cultural policy.
In addition to these core courses, students choose from a series of professional oriented, hands-on practical courses leading to an extended project, specialization through further course work, an internship, or a substantial master’s thesis leading to doctoral study.
Not only did the program offer me a more in-depth study of communication and theory, but it introduced me to an international student body and faculty who each played an equally important role in equipping me with the skill set necessary to set out into the working world. The friends I made come from all over the United States, France, Brazil, and Colombia – invaluable partners and a reliable support group that was formed through our practical work together. I was able to conduct research and write about the topics that particularly interested me, and had the encouragement of professors who forced me to really challenge myself. For that, I'm extremely grateful. - Lindsey Tramuta '09, MA Global Communications
Although my desire to merge the worlds of fashion and social responsibility might seem like a strange ambition, the program allowed me to make perfect sense of it. I’ve taken classes in Fashion (Ethical Fashion, History of Paris Fashion) as well as Development Communications (Communications for Social Change), and I’ve been able to gain knowledge from a wide spectrum covering both worlds. The opportunity to have classes held in the original atelier of Yves Saint Laurent and the United Nations in the same week is the perfect illustration of the exciting learning opportunities I have been given. Through it all I was inspired by fashion while remaining grounded in my purpose to make a positive impact in the world. - Ruby Veridiano '15, MA Global Communications, Fashion Track
Recently the Fez Practicum was oriented around the question of urban renewal and the complex role of communications in a heritage city in a developing country. It considered carefully the role that NGOs can play. The tangible heritage of this ancient city, its architecture, streets and urban fabric and also its intangible heritage, such as its ways of life, its trades, arts and spiritual life were all examined. All of this allowed for thoughts about development and communications.
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Last updated December 5, 2016