MA Programs in Communication

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Many students decide to pursue an MA in Communication in order to gain a higher level of skills in a competitive field. This advanced degree is associated with a superior skill set of research and presentation in business communications.

What is an MA in Communication?  A Master of Arts in Communication is a postgraduate degree that provides students advanced research, writing, and presenting skills. Students will typically investigate topics based on a broad range of course subject matters that will apply their academic experience to their careers. Students learn the best methods to gather the data and present the applicable results in writing and in public speaking. The education students receive in the process of earning this degree readies them for a variety of business relations positions.

Courses such as strategy, organizational behavior, and information technologies offer several areas of concentration depending on a student’s career interests. Through research, organization of material, and presentation of results that use methods tailored toward the course subject and related career trajectory, students develop expertise that places them in the top ranks of their peers in the business communications fields.

The length of time it takes to complete coursework towards this advanced degree varies based on the different requirements of individual programs, and as a result the cost varies across institutions. Prospective students should check with each institution to get a clear vision of the cost in time and tuition required to complete the program.

The knowledge and experience gained is relevant to a variety of managerial communications fields, such as marketing, public relations, and organizational communications.  Students use their degrees to enter public relations for companies, becoming the public spokesperson for the organization. They may write or present responses to inquiries, answer media questions live, or craft information releases. Marketing opportunities also use communication skills; students use their research and presentation skills to create messages. Communicating messages effectively is needed in positions within organizations, as well.

 

Prospective students can find the right institution to pursue their degree by searching our extensive database of schools and compare coursework, location, and cost to their needs and career goals. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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M.A. Advertising and Marketing Communications

Webster University
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months August 2018 USA Saint Louis

The master of arts (MA) degree in advertising and marketing communications is intended for students interested in advertising and marketing communications, with or without academic or professional experience in the field. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication. M.A. Advertising and Marketing Communications The master of arts (MA) degree in advertising and marketing communications is intended for students interested in advertising and marketing communications, with or without academic or professional experience in the field. This degree prepares inexperienced students for a successful career in advertising and marketing communications and provides experienced students with the additional theory and application necessary to advance in their careers. Students entering this program with a strong educational background or a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in this area may be eligible to waive one of the required core courses and should consult with a School of Communications academic advisor prior to registration to discuss their qualifications. Our degrees are theory and application based and are not intended to be production-oriented. Students interested in developing a creative portfolio or acquiring tactical production skills may wish to consider undergraduate course work in advertising. Learning Outcomes Successful graduates of this program will be able to: Utilize essential industry terminology, theories and principles to analyze an organization's situation from a marketing communications perspective. Determine appropriate advertising and marketing communications objectives, strategies, and tactics that anticipate consumer trends and utilize traditional and new technologies in order to accomplish an organization's marketing communications goals. Develop strategic, multi-platform marketing communication programs that challenge conventional thinking and foster breakthrough advertising and marketing communication strategies. Evaluate the effectiveness of a marketing communications plan to accomplish an organization's goals. Distinguish the influences of culture and international... [-]

MA in Professional Communication

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years August 2018 USA San Francisco

The MA in Professional Communication (MAPC) provides the knowledge and training for superior oral, written, and visual communication skills. USF’s program is designed for people who seek the techniques and knowledge required to be communication specialists in a wide range of fields in an ever-shifting 21st century workplace. [+]

The MA in Professional Communication (MAPC) provides the knowledge and training for superior oral, written, and visual communication skills. USF’s program is designed for people who seek the techniques and knowledge required to be communication specialists in a wide range of fields in an ever-shifting 21st century workplace. Located in the heart of San Francisco and close to Silicon Valley — one of the most vibrant and innovative regions in the world — MAPC students have access to collegial and professional networks at Bay Area organizations and companies. The program’s convenient schedule of evening courses appeals to full-time graduate students and enables professionals to work while completing their degree. The MAPC includes courses that meet both on-campus and online for flexibility and convenience, while providing engagement with cutting-edge technology. In the second year, some courses are offered entirely online. With three concentrations from which to choose, the program creates a community of professional communicators who have varied career interests. The program uniquely combines residential and online graduate seminars with applied research and professional engagement. Graduates from the program bring a thorough knowledge and skill set of advanced communication to careers in a range of sectors — including technology, government, finance, health services, academic, and many other sectors where communications skills are highly valued. Program Details The MA in Professional Communication is a 30-unit program that can be completed in two years. Students complete four core courses and six elective courses. All courses are three units. Full-time students enroll in courses... [-]

MA in Global Communications

The American University of Paris
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Paris

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. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication. As every level of society is digitized in increasingly complex and innovative ways, communications graduates need to keep developing multiple and highly sophisticated skills and knowledge. The twenty-first century is digital. The optional Digital Cultures and Industries track within the Master of Art in Global Communications (MAGC) replaces the Visual and Material Culture track and offers an innovative and interdisciplinary focus on the central importance of digital technologies in today’s world. CONNECT TO THE NETWORK: THEORY AND PRACTICE How we communicate is in flux. From new conceptions of identity and community, to the shifting ground of virtual space and global networks, to revolutions in commerce, politics and activism: digital media have helped us create a brave new world. The Digital Cultures and Industries track helps students to meet the challenge of this world with a suite of up-to-the-minute critical and practical courses that can be tailored to different career pathways. Students acquire in-depth knowledge of theories, contexts, and practices of digital media and their relationship to global cultures and communications industries. Building on a solid base of critical thought on the rise of digital media and current global debates, students may also study specialized topics such as mobile media, the new app economy, data and algorithmic cultures, and digital advocacy. And to put ideas into action, choose from hands-on courses teaching skills such as data analysis and visualization, social media strategy, digital writing, multimedia storytelling, visual design, and coding. Learning from digital media scholars and industry... [-]

MA in Language and Communication (Research)

Radboud University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Nijmegen

This research Master’s programme focuses strongly on empirical research. You’ll study real language in real-life situations and use your observations to develop possible theories. Later, you’ll test these theories against everyday reality. [+]

Learning how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of how natural language is used and processed in real-life situations. Whenever we use language – whether it’s written, spoken or signed – we’re communicating. How does this work, and how and why does miscommunication occur? How does language fit together and how do we learn to understand each other? The research Master’s programme in Language and Communication offers a multidisciplinary perspective on how the fields of linguistics and communication studies complement one another. This approach is unique in the Netherlands. This research Master’s programme focuses strongly on empirical research. You’ll study real language in real-life situations and use your observations to develop possible theories. Later, you’ll test these theories against everyday reality. In this way, you’ll discover the richness of both language and communication and be well prepared to conduct original research on language related issues. This programme is initially intended to prepare its students for a career in research, in particular for PhD positions although other career options in the field are also open to you. Programme outline The Master’s programme in Language and Communication is taught at the Faculty of Arts. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The structure is as follows: Foundations of Language and Communication Corpus and Experimental Methods Research Orientation Specialisation courses (2x6 EC) Skills/methods elective Lab Rotation I Term Paper Specialisation courses (2x6 EC) Skills/methods elective(s) (2x3 EC or 1x6 EC) Lab Rotation II Grant Proposal... [-]

Master in Mass Communication

University of Central Missouri
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Warrensburg

There are two master's programs offered at UCM in communication, a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication. There are two master's programs offered at UCM in communication, a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication. Mass Communication REQUIRED GRADUATE COURSES , 7 hrs Comm 5000 Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication, 1 hr Comm 5810 Theories of Communication, 3 hrs Comm 5800 Quantitative Research Methods, 3 hrs Or Comm 5820 Qualitative Research Methods, 3 hrs RESEARCH, 0-6 hrs Comm 5890 Thesis, 6 hrs Or Comm 6890 Research Problems (one research paper), 3 hrs Or Comm 6771 Graduate Internship, 3-6 hrs Or Comm 6775 Professional Project Seminar, 1 hr And Comm 6890 Research Problems, 3 hrs APPROVED GRADUATE ELECTIVES IN COMMUNICATION, 12-21 hrs GRADUATE ELECTIVES, 0-6 MINIMUM GRADUATE HOUR TOTAL, 31 hrs [-]

MA in Visual Communication

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This is a practical Master’s course for photographers, illustrators and graphic designers. We encourage you to work independently and collaboratively, while learning a shared visual language. [+]

A practical course for specialist photographers, graphic designers and illustrators. Join our international cohort – We welcome students from many countries including the UK, Italy, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Columbia and Bulgaria. Make use of workshops in photography, etching, letterpress, screen print, plastics, woodwork, paint preparation and casting. Apply for a wide range of academic workshops competitions and professional awards. This is a practical Master’s course for photographers, illustrators and graphic designers. We encourage you to work independently and collaboratively, while learning a shared visual language. Working alongside other students and in consultation with your tutors, you will build a professional and critical context for your practice, in the process of developing each of your projects. Your growing confidence and increased ability, will be clearly evident in the portfolio’s you present when joining the profession, or continuing to study. Overview You’ll develop your visual communication practice, concentrating on practical, conceptual, historical and contemporary concerns. You’ll enter critical dialogue with other students in related fields and we’ll help you place your practice in an appropriate context; Our view is that by integrating your methods with those in related fields, you’ll become a more effective specialist photographer, graphic designer or illustrator. At a time when boundaries between these disciplines are changing – and in some cases dissolving – this is particularly important. You’ll become adept at working individually and collaboratively. Through developing an individual specialist project, you’ll conceptualise, critique and contextualise your approach, whilst fine tuning your aesthetic sensibilities. You’ll also collaborate to... [-]

MA Integrated Marketing Communications

University of Malta
Campus Full time 13 - 13 months October 2017 Malta Valletta

The programme is offered under the auspices of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta with the participation of a number of international academics in the field from King’s College, University of London. The experienced teaching faculty provide participants with an international perspective of communications and marketing. Course delivery starts with each new academic year in October. The course duration extends over twelve months to September of the following calendar year. It is divided into three semesters, with the first two semesters devoted to the taught component of the course while the final third semester is dedicated to independent student research. [+]

The MA in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) is a programme of the University of Malta in collaboration with King’s College, University of London. On successful completion of this postgraduate programme students are awarded the MA in IMC from the University of Malta.

The objective of the MA in Integrated Marketing Communication degree is to help participants understand the rapidly evolving world of marketing and communications and to learn how various marketing and communications tools including social media can be combined effectively to meet an organisation’s marketing and communication needs.

The programme is offered under the auspices of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta with the participation of a number of international academics in the field from King’s College, University of London. The experienced teaching faculty provide participants with an international perspective of communications and marketing.... [-]


MA in Communications Policy

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 5 years United Kingdom London

This course is designed to give you a critical analysis of issues of policy and regulation in the media, information and/or telecommunications/internet sectors, which may include links between policy and policy-making affecting media industries and telecommunications/internet and political, economic or social developments affecting markets, companies, technologies, institutions or international relations. [+]

This course is designed to give you a critical analysis of issues of policy and regulation in the media, information and/or telecommunications/internet sectors, which may include links between policy and policy-making affecting media industries and telecommunications/internet and political, economic or social developments affecting markets, companies, technologies, institutions or international relations. The course encourages diversity and is designed to have international appeal. It ensures that you receive a relevant, well-grounded, high-quality education and skill base, enabling you to have a wide, clear and comprehensive understanding of communications policies. Based on continuous assessment, the course is taught in lectures and seminars by the team from Westminster’s top-rated Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). You will be part of a bustling, multicultural academic department which boasts a strong research culture. You will be able to attend the regular talks by outside speakers (academics and practitioners) on a variety of communication and mass media issues. Course content Modules The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Core modules, semester one DISSERTATION MODULE A taught module and group workshops in the first semester will guide you in conducting a major piece of independent research. This module will be supplemented by individual supervisions beginning from the second semester. The aim is to give you a guided framework within which you can demonstrate your ability to carry out advanced independent study and write it up in the form of a dissertation. The dissertation is a 15,000-word piece of original research on a... [-]

Master of Arts in Professional Communication (MA)

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Wayne

The master of arts in professional communication at William Paterson University helps students develop knowledge and proficiencies to seek professional advancement and increase their marketability in a variety of competitive industries. Graduates are poised for success in communication and business, including public relations management, integrated marketing, corporate and strategic communication, digital and social media marketing... [+]

MA Degrees in Communication. William Paterson University in New Jersey invites you to meet with  Amo- Augustus Kubeyinje, Director of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services during our 2017 Africa Recruitment Tour. Learn about our undergraduate and graduate degree program. Ask about available scholarship  opportunities. Abuja, Nigeria - Date:  September 22nd 2017 Lagos, Nigeria - Date:  September 26th and 27th Accra, Ghana - Date: September 28th Kumasi, Ghana - Date: September 30th Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Date:  October 1st  and 2nd Kigali, Rwanda - Date:  October 3rd Nairobi, Kenya - Date:  October 5th  and 6th Harare, Zimbabwe - Date:  October 7th Johannesburg, South Africa - Date: October 9th and 10th Master of Arts in Professional Communication (MA) The master of arts in professional communication at William Paterson University helps students develop knowledge and proficiencies to seek professional advancement and increase their marketability in a variety of competitive industries. Graduates are poised for success in communication and business, including public relations management, integrated marketing, corporate and strategic communication, digital and social media marketing, professional writing, and publishing. This program helps students gain a fundamental understanding of today's communication and business opportunities as well as to provide practical knowledge, strategic and critical thinking abilities, and specific technical skills that may be immediately applied to the job market or advanced studies. The corporate and strategic communication concentration emphasizes strategic public relations skills, corporate issues management, programming of integrated marketing campaigns, and organizational leadership techniques. The digital media and professional writing concentration seeks to develop... [-]

MA in International Liaison and Communication

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This is a dynamic, pioneering interdisciplinary Masters course which meets the global demand for greater professionalism in interpersonal and inter-institutional bilingual communication. The course will focus on enhancing your personal skills as a communicator and facilitator of communication. This can be as an advocate, as a mediator, communication strategist, intermediary or communication facilitator. [+]

This is a dynamic, pioneering interdisciplinary Masters course which meets the global demand for greater professionalism in interpersonal and inter-institutional bilingual communication. The course will focus on enhancing your personal skills as a communicator and facilitator of communication. This can be as an advocate, as a mediator, communication strategist, intermediary or communication facilitator. Firmly grounded on the latest international communications theories and using real life simulations, you will learn to locate and analyse resources, pre-empt communications challenges and develop strategies to overcome obstacles to successful interaction. The course will enrich your knowledge and application of the key paradigms of international communication, information handling and presentation in a range of contexts from the field of public diplomacy to international media, intelligence, business and international NGOs. It also enhances your competencies in handling information across and between languages and cultures, in various professional settings. You will have the training and preparation to make significant contributions in your chosen profession. Course applicants typically come from fields such as language studies, translation and interpreting, social work, teaching, journalism and other areas of the media as well as from public office. However, the course will prove invaluable to anyone with high-level bilingual competence and experience in mediation between peoples from different cultural backgrounds. Course content You will take three core modules, two of which are taught and the third is research based. Theories and Practices of Global Communication covers the key underpinning knowledge and analytical tools for the programme as well as your abilities as... [-]

Master in Communication Studies

St. Mary's University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA San Antonio

In a world in which communication is central to human endeavor, the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program connects students to great opportunities. Our graduates, who earn the Master’s Degree in Communication, enjoy success in a range of communication professions and fields, from digital media production to public relations to organizational development to communication theory. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication. In a world in which communication is central to human endeavor, the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program connects students to great opportunities. Our graduates, who earn the Master’s Degree in Communication, enjoy success in a range of communication professions and fields, from digital media production to public relations to organizational development to communication theory. Student in class at St. Mary'sThe curriculum extends from strengthening written and oral mastery to laying the foundation for advanced work in communication research. The program encourages the student to select classes to support one’s own interests. The program is committed to the development of leadership, and to the university’s position of national leadership in promoting an ethic of service to community and country, fostering scientific and humanistic research, and advancing social mobility. Students who work full-time may complete the program by taking evening courses. Advanced St. Mary’s undergraduate students, through careful planning, may complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. A joint program with the School of Law enables students to expeditiously complete the J.D. and the Master’s in Communication. Each student begins by working individually with the graduate director to design a program suited to the student’s specific needs, hopes, and aspirations. Starting in fall 2013, Communications Studies graduate students also have the option of earning a certificate in Public Communication, Public Policy and Public Leadership. We welcome you to the consideration of communication study, and encourage your questions. [-]

MA in Marketing Communications

University of Westminster, Westminster Business School
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Marketing communications covers the selection and application of the main communication tools available to an organisation in pursuit of its marketing goals. This work is often carried out by specialist agencies, and involves both strategic thinking and the development of creative solutions. It calls for a blend of research-based knowledge with the practice of high-level, often extremely creative, skills. [+]

Marketing communications covers the selection and application of the main communication tools available to an organisation in pursuit of its marketing goals. This work is often carried out by specialist agencies, and involves both strategic thinking and the development of creative solutions. It calls for a blend of research-based knowledge with the practice of high-level, often extremely creative, skills. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to take exams for the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing and upon successful completion of the exams become a professional member of the Digital Marketing Institute. Course content The course covers the main marketing communication techniques. It provides you with a sufficient foundation in marketing to enable you to work easily with people involved throughout the marketing management process. The ultimate aim of the course is to enhance individual career advancement prospects through knowledge of how to apply academic learning to best marketing communications practice. A highlight for many students are the study trips and company visits organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending learning in new environments. Modules The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Year long module Contemporary Issues in Marketing Communications In this module you will come to understand the nature of learning and how you best learn. You will reflect on your progress and development throughout the course, helping you to generate a personal development plan. You will discuss current thinking in the field of integrated... [-]

MA International Communication

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

Become an effective communications practitioner who has the expertise and confidence to work in an international setting. You will learn how to work with clients to produce practical communications solutions in the private, public and voluntary sectors. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication. Become an effective communications practitioner who has the expertise and confidence to work in an international setting. You will learn how to work with clients to produce practical communications solutions in the private, public and voluntary sectors. The course is delivered by four European universities: Leeds Beckett University, Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, IULM in Italy and Vilnius University in Lithuania, which all specialise in professional communications and public relations. You can study your first or second semester at Leeds Beckett University, where you will benefit from being taught at one of the most established centres for education and research in the field of public relations in Europe. You will spend your additional semester at a partner university, specialising in areas of expertise specific to that university. You could also take an optional industry placement in semester three. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses. MATURE APPLICANTS Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish... [-]

Master of Arts in Global Communication

The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA District of Columbia + 1 more

The M.A. in Global Communication helps students understand the complex global information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business; and how to communicate effectively to global audiences. [+]

As the world has become increasingly interconnected, American and international policymakers have rediscovered the crucial importance of communicating with foreign publics, understanding international media and public opinion, and finding new and better ways to exercise “Smart Power” abroad. Offered jointly by GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), the M.A. in Global Communication helps students understand the complex global information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business; and how to communicate effectively to global audiences. Is this program for you? The Global Communication program is ideal for those seeking to navigate the global information environment. The program is particularly attractive to students interested in, among other things: learning how to design effective advocacy and information campaigns around issues ranging from public health to national security; understanding the intersection between media, foreign affairs, and public opinion; and those interested in careers in public diplomacy and other forms of advocacy communication. [-]

Master of Arts in International Brand Communication

Brand Academy – University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Germany Hamburg

On our Master’s course in International Brand Communication you will learn about all of the success factors that drive cross-border and cross-culture brand communication and which you will need to master for a career in international advertising and communication agencies. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication. On our Master’s course in International Brand Communication you will learn about all of the success factors that drive cross-border and cross-culture brand communication and which you will need to master for a career in the brand and creative industry. The course will therefore be taught in English. As a recent graduate you will be ready to begin your career on the global stage and in the advertising industry where brands touch the hearts of consumers. You have a keen interest in creative brand communication campaigns like Apple, Coca Cola, Mont Blanc, Nike and Nivea and are curious to explore new cultures. Take the first step of your global career with us. You are ambitious and looking to develop skills that allow you to excel in the fast-moving world of global advertising. You can choose between three specialisations in this course, corresponding to the business units in advertising agencies: Strategic Planning, Account Management and Cross-Media Creation. HOW TO KICK START-YOUR CAREER? Build the foundations of a successful global career and develop an international outlook with our new Master’s Degree in International Brand Communication. This two year course provides unparalleled exposure to Western and Eastern ways of planning and creating brand communication campaigns in advertising agencies. Power your learning in a unique combination of core and elective courses with three different areas of specialisation, taught in English. Collaborating with well-known agencies and companies, you will create effective communication campaigns suitable for selected countries. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Students who've... [-]