At present, there are 10 schools offering a total of 14 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 14 different programs, students have a choice of specializations ranging from mass communication to health communication and integrated marketing communication. All the schools featured 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 five schools that offer master’s in communication programs. Boston University’s College of Communication offers a Master of Science in Mass Communication with concentration options in Communication Studies and Marketing Communication Research. Students of the Communication Studies concentration take core courses in contemporary mass communication, communication theory and law, professional presentations, and media writing. The Marketing Communication Research concentration features core courses in contemporary mass communication, communication theory, communication research, and media writing, as well as classes in sampling design and measurement and technical writing for research. After completing their core classes, students choose electives in consultation with their advisors, and can take courses in marketing video design and production, writing for multimedia, organizational communication, advertising principles and strategies, new media design, public relations, and more.
Emerson College’s Department of Marketing Communication has a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication for Marketing that trains students to identify target audiences and create persuasive messaging across a variety of media. Students can choose from two tracks: Planning Market Communication and Creating Market Communication. 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, and creative problem solving.
Northeastern University offers a Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication with concentrations in Social Media and Online Communities, Public and Media Relations, Human Resource Management, Usability/User Experience, Project Management, Leadership, Leading Communication Strategy and Talent Development, 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 Communication with concentrations in Public Relations and Advertising, and Integrated Marketing Communication. Courses for the 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 Integrated Marketing Communication concentration features courses in marketing research, crisis communication, public relations, health communication, and social media.
Tufts University is unique in that its Master of Science in Health Communication program is offered through its School of Medicine, rather than a school or department of communication. This program teaches students how to create effective health programs and campaigns and to influence health policy initiatives through advocacy. Students discuss the different relationships and forms of communication that are involved in one-on-one health care delivery, as well as larger community health systems. Courses in this program cover topics such as writing for health professionals, epidemiology, changing health behaviors, technology design for public health, and public health research.
Outside of Boston, schools in Worcester, Fitchburg, Newton, 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.
Fitchburg State University’s Department of Graduate and Continuing Education offers a Master of Science in Applied Communication with concentrations in Applied Communication Studies and Technical and Professional Writing. This program features a combination of campus and online classes. Students of the Applied Communication Studies concentration take core classes in organizational and interpersonal communication, applied rhetoric, and ethical and legal communication issues before progressing to electives specific to their concentration. Electives for Applied Communication Studies cover topics in health communication, gender communication, technology and media, social media marketing, crisis communication, and philosophical issues in professional writing. Core classes within the Technical and Professional Writing concentration cover contemporary issues in communication, communication research methods, communication law and ethics, and communication studies, while its elective classes focus on philosophical and rhetorical issues in professional writing, and several writing workshop classes during which students work on a technical communication project with faculty support.
Lasell College’s Department of Graduate and Professional Studies in Newton has a Master of Science in Communication program with concentrations in Health Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication, and Public Relations. 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).
Regis College’s School of Business and Communication, located in Weston, offers a Master of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication that 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 for Residents of Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, there are currently four 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.
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.
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.
Lasell College and Northeastern University offer online versions of their on-campus programs. Lasell College offers an Online Master of Science in Communication program that has the same specialization options, curriculum, and graduation requirements as its campus-based program. While Northeastern University offers an Online Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication that is equivalent in concentration options, course content, and curricular structure to its campus-based program.
In addition to its Online Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication program, Northeastern University offers an online Master of Science in Technical Communication program with concentrations in Computer Industry Writing, Social Media and Online Communities, and Usability/User Experience. This program includes required classes in technical and professional writing, information architecture, editing technical and scientific content, and usability concepts, after which students can take classes according to their chosen concentration, including courses in technical documentation, interactive marketing, online and structured documentation, and social media and brand strategy.
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
Fitchburg State University(Fitchburg)
Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication (with Concentrations in Social Media and Online Communities, Public and Media Relations, Human Resource Management, Usability/User Experience, Project Management, Leadership, Leading Communication Strategy and Talent Development, and Cross-Cultural Communication (Social Justice or International Tracks))
Online Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication (with Concentrations in Social Media and Online Communities, Public and Media Relations, Human Resource Management, Usability/User Experience, Project Management, Leadership, Leading Communication Strategy and Talent Development, and Cross-Cultural Communication (Social Justice or International Tracks))
Western New England University(Springfield)