Answer: Yes, there are currently 33 online master’s in strategic communication programs offered at schools throughout the United States.

Strategic communication is defined as the various forms of communication management and strategy that further the objectives of an organization, including organizational communication, marketing communication, and public relations. Online master’s in strategic communication programs provide students with the knowledge and skills to tackle communication challenges and initiatives in a variety of organizational settings, including in the marketing, public relations, and human resources departments of corporations, political advocacy organizations, advertising agencies, and at non-profit organizations. These programs teach students the principles of persuasive communication, communication ethics, new media technologies and how to leverage them, social media strategies, marketing campaign design and implementation, and communication research and data analysis.

Graduates of online master’s in strategic communication programs typically pursue careers in marketing and advertising, public relations, human resources, creative media, and advocacy for organizations in both the public and private sectors. Online programs in this field may be beneficial for communication professionals who wish to pursue their degree while maintaining full-time employment. However, these programs are no less rigorous than their campus-based counterparts, and often use interactive elements to ensure student engagement in the course content. Online master’s in communication programs, like campus-based programs, also typically require students to complete a master’s thesis, research project, comprehensive exam, and/or a practicum experience in addition to fulfilling course requirements.

Examples of Online Master’s in Strategic Communication Programs

Currently, there are 33 online master’s in strategic communication programs in the United States. Below are brief descriptions of four of these online master’s in strategic communication programs:

  • American University’s School of Communication has an Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication with courses that cover the principles of strategic communication, strategic communication research and writing, media ethics, digital advocacy, political communication, crisis communication, and global strategic communication.
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Media offers an Online Master of Science in Strategic Brand Communication featuring courses in strategic branding, business management, consumer behavior and insights, promotional strategy, data analytics and visualization, media management, and project management.
  • The University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers an Online Master’s in Strategic Communication with courses in media management, strategic communication campaigns, risk communication, strategic political communication, leadership communication, strategic healthcare, and copywriting.
  • Washington State University’s Department of Strategic Communication offers an Online Master’s in Strategic Communication with classes in professional multimedia content, global crisis communication management, persuasive rhetoric in the workplace, digital content promotion, brand development, consumer behavior, and professional marketing communication campaigns and management.

Most online master’s in strategic communication programs have graduation requirements in addition to the completion of coursework. These requirements may include a comprehensive examination covering core program concepts, a master’s thesis that investigates an issue in strategic communication, an applied project that seeks to address a communication challenge within a particular setting, and/or an internship that gives students the opportunity to apply the concepts they learn in class to work in a real professional setting.

Example Curriculum and Courses in Online Master’s in Strategic Communication Programs

Below is a sample curriculum for an online master’s in strategic communication program. Please note that programs vary in their course content and sequencing, and that the curriculum provided below is only an example.

Curriculum ComponentCourse Titles and Graduation Requirement Descriptions
Core Courses
  • The Fundamentals of Strategic Communication
  • Persuasive Rhetoric
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Strategic Communication
  • Strategic Communication Theory
  • Communication Research Methods
Elective Courses
  • Communication Technology and Innovation
  • Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Campaign Management and Evaluation
  • Global Strategic Communication
Graduation Requirements
(Potential Capstone Options)
  • Master’s Thesis or Applied Project/Strategic Communication Plan
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Practicum/Internship

For a comprehensive list of campus-based, online, and hybrid master’s in strategic communication programs, as well as details on the typical courses and other requirements that these programs entail, please refer to our Master’s in Strategic Communication Programs resource page.

MastersinCommunications.com classifies master’s in communication programs based on program curricula including required and elective courses. The programs included on this page do not have to have a specific specialization in strategic communication, but they must include courses in areas such as strategic communication, media management, persuasive rhetoric, corporate and organizational communication, campaign management, crisis management, social media strategy, public relations and/or marketing communication. Therefore, programs with several different names, including: master’s in communication, communication management, corporate communication, integrated marketing communication, and mass communication may be found on this page.

Note: All programs included on this page require two or fewer campus visits per year, which is the maximum number of campus visits a program must have to be classified as an online program on the site.

Online Master's in Strategic Communication Degree Programs

To learn more about the programs listed below, click on the program name to visit the school profile page.

Ashland University

(Ohio)
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
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Bowling Green State University

(Ohio)

Concordia University, Saint Paul

(Minnesota)
Department: College of Business and Technology
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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

(Pennsylvania)

Florida International University

(Florida)

Fordham University

(New York)
Department: Gabelli School of Business
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Liberty University

(Virginia)
Department: Department of Strategic and Personal Communication
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Michigan State University

(Michigan)
Department: College of Communication Arts and Sciences
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National University

(California)
Department: College of Letters and Sciences
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Northeastern University

(Massachusetts)

Penn State World Campus

(Pennsylvania)
Department: Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
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Spring Arbor University

(Michigan)

Syracuse University

(New York)

Texas Tech University

(Texas)
Department: College of Media & Communication
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Troy University

(Alabama)
Department: Hall School of Journalism and Communication
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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

(Arkansas)

University of Denver

(Colorado)

University of Florida

(Florida)
Department: College of Journalism and Communications
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(Illinois)
Department: Gies College of Business and Sandage Department of Advertising (College of Media)
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University of Iowa

(Iowa)
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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University of Southern California

(California)
Department: Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
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Washington State University

(Washington)