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Online Master of Communication

Online Master of Communication

Customize and earn credentials as you go.

The fully online master of communication from the Scripps College of Communication allows you to learn at your pace and pick up graduate-level credentials that stack toward your degree. Combine the online graduate certificates to create a customized set of skills and competencies that will launch you into the next professional level.

With its flexible format and our focus on helping you meet your goals, the program works for professionals across industries, whether you work in a communications-related field or in healthcare, public service, education, or the corporate world.

Earn your master's from the prestigious Scripps College of Communication - alma mater of more than 50 Pulitzer Prize winners.

A 5% scholarship is available for alumni and military service members.

Benefits

  • Fully online in a flexible format that works with your busy schedule
  • Complete in as few as four semesters
  • Low tuition and fees ($15,840 Ohio, $16,410 non-Ohio)
  • No GRE required for admission

How it Works

To complete the 30 credit hours required to earn the master’s degree, you’ll take two 3-credit hour courses, Introduction to Graduate Research in Communication and the Master’s Capstone. Your remaining 24 credits will come from our stackable graduate certificates.

 

Stackable Graduate Certificates

  • Communication Diversity, Ethics, and Inclusivity — Develop strategies based on ethical principles that will allow you to navigate and lead your organization through the challenges and opportunities of multicultural professional environments.
  • Communication and Change — While most of us resist change, we cannot deny that it's an inevitability in life. This certificate allows you to focus on communicative strategies to help guide your organization through transition when it comes and ensure that organizational members are prepared to pivot and adapt to disruptions to their routines.
  • Crisis Communication — Prepare to guide your organization and communicate before, within, and after a crisis using proven crisis communication techniques and social media expertise.
  • Digital Media Transformation & Innovation — Learn to coordinate new technologies, create content, and distribute and monetize that content.
  • Interacting with the Media for Non-Journalists — Focus on critical skills necessary to survive and thrive in our media landscape, like understanding how media works, tailoring and delivering an effective message, and responding in media interview situations.
  • Interacting with the Media for STEM Professionals — Acknowledging the highly specialized language inherent to the STEM field, this certificate helps you use media to convey your message and advance your personal or professional brand.
  • Media Tools for Professional Communication — For professionals from all backgrounds and experience levels, this certificate will provide foundational skills and expertise in a variety of digital storytelling platforms. Learn best practices for creating content for clients and enhance your own personal or professional brand.
  • Strategic Communication Management — Prepare to oversee advertising and public relations programs and work more efficiently in in-house and external agencies.
  • Team Leadership and Communication — Help your organization make the most of its members and provide the best workplace experience. With this certificate, you'll build practical skills in relationship building, conflict management, team building, understanding diverse perspectives and communication styles, and decision-making processes.

Don’t know which topics are right for you? Your academic advisor will work with you to determine which of these certificates will best help you meet your goals.

Program outcomes

However you choose to customize your master of communication, you’ll come away with the following skills and competencies: 

  • Apply communication theory and concepts to analyze audiences (public & private), determine how to adapt to those communication situations, and advocate for yourself and/or your community.
  • Draw on communication theory and concepts to demonstrate strategic problem-solving and deliberative decision-making.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with communication tools and communication skills necessary for effective teamwork and leadership.