At present, there are 10 schools offering a total of 18 master’s in communication programs in Massachusetts. Boston has the highest concentration of schools offering master’s in communication programs, although there are programs throughout the state. Across these 18 different programs, students have a choice of specializations ranging from mass communication to health communication and integrated marketing communication. All the schools listed on this page are non-profit educational institutions that have been regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Campus-Based Master’s in Communication Programs in Massachusetts
In Boston, there are four schools that offer master’s in communication programs. Boston University’s College of Communication offers a Master of Science (MS) in Media Science with an optional concentration in Marketing Communication Research. The MS in Media Science program gives students the knowledge and skills to design, implement, manage, and assess media campaigns and ongoing media strategies. Students take courses in communication theory and research, media law and policy, social media management, media design strategy, and can choose from courses in political campaigns, marketing communication, and health campaigns. The MS in Media Science replaced Boston University’s MS in Mass Communication program.
The MS in Media Science with a Marketing Communication Research concentration features core courses in advanced communication research, sampling design and measurement, technical writing for research, writing for media professionals, and marketing communication. After completing their core classes, students choose electives in consultation with their advisors, and can take courses in marketing video design and production, integrated marketing strategy, political campaigns, interactive media experiences, writing for multimedia, data mining, media disruption, organizational communication, advertising principles and strategies, new media design, public relations, data analysis and visualization, and more.
Emerson College’s Department of Marketing Communication has a Master of Arts in Strategic Marketing Communication that trains students to identify target audiences and create persuasive messaging across a variety of media. Students of this program benefit from a flexible curriculum that is comprised of five core courses and five electives that students can choose across three Professional Paths: Strategic Planning, Digital Strategy, and Brand Strategy. Courses in this program cover topics in marketing management, integrated marketing communication strategies, consumer behavior, marketing campaign planning, research methods, brand management, advertising and sales promotion, global advertising, digital marketing, behavioral economics, and creative problem solving. Students complete a Professional Applied Experience in Strategic Marketing Communication for their final graduation requirement, wherein they work with a real industry partner to develop a marketing solution.
Emerson College also offers two Master of Arts programs through its Department of Communication Studies: an MA in Sports Communication and an MA in Political Communication. The Master of Arts in Sports Communication prepares students to work in sports promotion, facilities management, sports journalism, and sports law and ethics through a combination of courses in sports communication principles, public affairs, communication technology, project and campaign management, negotiation and organizational communication, and more. The MA in Political Communication features courses in political communication principles, speech writing and persuasion, public affairs, communication technology, campaign management, strategic planning, and public diplomacy, among others. Both master’s programs require students to complete a capstone project or thesis as their culminating experience.
Northeastern University offers a Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication with concentrations in Social Media, Public and Media Relations, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Cross Cultural Communication. Students in this program complete core classes in strategic communication management, organizational culture and communication, intercultural communication, and communication networks and information management before progressing to classes specific to their chosen concentration.
Suffolk University’s College of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising, as well as a Master of Communication with a concentration in Integrated Marketing Communication. Both programs have the same two core courses in Applied Communication Research and Marketing Communication Research. From there, courses for the MA in Communication with a focus in Public Relations and Advertising concentration cover topics in strategic marketing, public relations, campaign management, negotiation, branding and visual identity, intercultural communication, organizational communication, and more. The Master of Communication with an Integrated Marketing Communication concentration features courses in marketing research, crisis communication, public relations, health communication, and social media.
Outside of Boston, schools in Worcester and other cities also have master’s in communication programs with a variety of concentrations. Clark University’s School of Professional Studies in Worcester offers a Master of Science in Professional Communication with specialization options in Digital Media, Communication Leadership, and Strategic Communication. Core courses in this program cover organizational communication, communication theory, professional ethics, communication research methods, and contemporary issues in communication. After the core curriculum, students take classes based on their chosen concentration, which can include global communication strategy, marketing communication, social media marketing, new media technologies, organizational behavior and leadership, and business intelligence and analysis.
Lasell College’s Department of Graduate and Professional Studies in Newton has a Master of Science in Communication program with concentrations in Corporate Communication, Public Relations, Health Communication, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, Digital Media, and Public Speaking. This program combines online and campus-based classes that cover topics such as organizational communication, media relations, public opinion and persuasion, conflict resolution and negotiation, public relations writing, communication research, leadership in communication, communication ethics, and integrated marketing communication. Students also have the option of taking their classes entirely online (see below), or to develop a hybrid curriculum that combines both on-campus and online courses.
Regis College’s School of Business and Communication, located in Weston, offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication with optional degree tracks in Nonprofit Communication and Sports Communication. The program provides students with knowledge of and skills in digital communication technologies and developing content strategies and campaigns that engage a wide range of audiences. Students have flexibility in selecting the courses that comprise their degree program, and can choose from courses in areas such as multimedia communication, business writing, crisis communication, organizational communication, public relations, and corporate social responsibility.
|Online Master's in Communication Programs that Accept Students from Massachusetts|
|Johns Hopkins University||Online Master of Arts in Communication with Concentrations in Public and Media Relations, Political Communication, Health Communication, Digital Communication, and Corporate and Non-Profit Communication||Program Website|
|University of Delaware||Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication with Optional Concentrations in Public Relations or Digital and Social Media||Program Website|
|University of Southern California||Online Master of Communication Management with Areas of Focus in Marketing Communication, Strategic and Organizational Communication, Market Research and Analytics, and Communication Management Generalist||Program Website|
|Syracuse University||Online Master of Science in Communications with Specializations in Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism Innovation, and Media Management||Program Website|
|Southern New Hampshire University||Online Master of Arts in Communication with Optional Concentrations in New Media & Marketing, and Public Relations||Program Website|
Online Master’s in Communication Programs for Residents of Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, there are currently seven schools that offer online options for master’s in communication programs. An online program may be a good option for students who do not live near a campus-based program or who cannot commute to campus for weekly lectures and classes. This is especially important for students who live in Western Massachusetts (e.g. Pittsfield), in Amherst or Northampton (UMass Amherst only offers doctorate programs in communication), in Lowell or Salem (UMass Lowell does not offer a master’s in communication program), or for students who live in Southeast Massachusetts (e.g. Plymouth or Brockton) who cannot commute to Boston for a campus-based program.
Boston University’s College of Communication and Metropolitan College collaborated to create an online Master of Science in Health Communication. This program provides students with an understanding of how human biology and disease, public health and nutrition, and America’s health care system interact with each other to bring about certain health care outcomes. Students learn how marketing, digital media, public relations, and health education impact patients’ access to care and quality of care through courses that cover the biology of disease, health care marketing and public relations, media relations for health communication professionals, and the politics of American healthcare.
Bay Path University offers both an Online Master of Science in Communications with an Emphasis in Emerging and Social Media, and an Online Master of Science in Communications and Information Management. The MS in Communications with an Emphasis in Emerging and Social Media has a set 12-course curriculum featuring courses in communication principles, applied research strategy, strategic decision making and innovation, emerging media, social media campaigns, integrated marketing communications, and social media analytics. The culminating experience for this program is a Case Analysis Capstone that requires them to apply the concepts they have learned to a concrete deliverable, a final essay, and a capstone portfolio. The MS in Communications and Information Management program is broken up into core and elective courses, with the core classes covering applied research strategy, targeted communications, communication principles, and strategic innovation, as well as electives in areas such as competitive analyses, fiscal management strategies, project management, cybersecurity, and organizational knowledge management. Students of the MS in Communications and Information Management must also complete a Case Analysis Capstone.
Clark University and Lasell College both offer online versions of their on-campus programs. Clark University offers an online Master of Science in Professional Communication program that has the same specializations options, curriculum, and graduation requirements as its on-campus program. The Master of Science in Communication at Lasell College can also be completed online in any of the six concentrations offered.
Fitchburg University offers an online Master of Science in Applied Communication through its Department of Graduate and Continuing Education. This program, which has a concentration in Social Media, prepares students to design and implement social media campaigns, apply research methods to collecting and analyzing data to inform social media strategies, and oversee the ongoing production of social media content for a variety of organizations and industries. Students in this program take core courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods, intercultural communication, communication ethics, and visual communication and design before progressing to courses in social media theory, emerging media, data and analytics, and integrated social media. All students complete a capstone project that enables them to integrate what they have learned in the program and apply it to a real-world social media campaign or solution for an organization.
Northeastern University gives students the option of completing its Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication program online. Students of the online program have access to the same concentration options as students of the campus-based program, which are Social Media, Public and Media Relations, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Cross-Cultural Communication. The curriculum and requirements for the online program are also equivalent to those of the campus program.
Along with these, Western New England University’s College of Arts and Sciences in Springfield offers an online Master of Arts in Communication with a Concentration in Public Relations. This program, which is only offered online, prepares students for creating content and campaigns that optimize an organization’s relationship with its stakeholders, including investors, potential consumers, and the general public. Classes in this program cover topics in public relations writing and strategy, crisis management, social media, and public relations for nonprofit organizations.
Students residing in Massachusetts also have the option of applying to out-of-state online master’s in communication programs. Prospective students of online programs should note that not all out-of-state schools accept students from Massachusetts. Furthermore, some online programs require students to attend one or more on-campus sessions during the program. Students are typically responsible for the travel costs associated with attending these events. To learn more about online programs, including state restrictions and on-campus visits, please reference our Online Master’s in Communication Programs resource page.
Master’s in Communication Programs in Massachusetts
Bay Path University(Longmeadow)
Fitchburg State University(Fitchburg)
Master of Science in Communication (with Specialized Concentrations in Health Communication, Corporate Communication, Public Relations, Digital Media, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, and Public Speaking)
Online Master of Science in Communication (with Specialized Concentrations in Health Communication, Corporate Communication, Public Relations, Digital Media, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, and Public Speaking)
Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication (with Concentrations in Social Media, Public and Media Relations, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Cross-Cultural Communication (Social Justice or International Tracks))
Online Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication (with Concentrations in Social Media, Public and Media Relations, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Cross-Cultural Communication (Social Justice or International Tracks))
Western New England University(Springfield)