There are currently seven schools in New Jersey that offer a total of nine master’s in communication programs. Of these nine programs, seven are campus-based and two is online. Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in communication in New Jersey have a wide variety of specializations to choose from, ranging from interpersonal communication and public relations to organizational communication and strategic communication and leadership. All the schools listed on this page are non-profit institutions of higher education that have received regional accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Campus-Based Master’s in Communication Programs in New Jersey
Fairleigh Dickinson University – Florham Campus’ Department of Communication Studies, in Madison, offers a Master of Arts in Communication with subject areas in Cultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Relations. Students take core classes in the principles and practices of communication, group communication and leadership, research methods for communication, professional writing and editing, and presentation methods. Students then take classes according to their areas of interest, such as classes in communication and culture, social change through communication, narrative communication, crisis communication, strategic communication, communication technology, and public relations for the modern organization. Students also complete a capstone course, during which they apply their knowledge of communication theory to a practical project that has direct applications to their workplace or another organizational setting.
In Union, Kean University’s School of Communication, Media & Journalism offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with a Concentration in Organizational Communication that teaches students how to engage with different forms of organizational, interpersonal, and leadership communication, as well as communication for social change. Students in this program take core classes in organizational communication theory, organizational culture, and quantitative or interpretive research methods. They then choose from electives that cover concepts in interpersonal communication, public relations strategy, corporate communication management, communication in negotiation, gender and communication, and digital communication. Students must also either complete a 6-credit master’s thesis or a comprehensive examination and additional elective coursework.
Monmouth University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in West Long Branch, offers a Master of Arts in Corporate and Public Communication that teaches students how to apply public relations communications principles to organizational, advocacy, new media, political, and international communication initiatives. Students take core classes in communication theories in professional settings, research methods in communication, the foundations of communication, and communication, culture, and community. They then take electives in areas such as professional presentations, global communication, interpersonal communication, public relations, diversity management through communication, mass media in contemporary society, strategic digital communication, organizational communication, crisis management, organizational training, political communication, and global media and new technologies. Students are also required to complete a master’s thesis or an applied project on a topic within communication that interests them.
In Lawrenceville, Rider University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Business Communication that trains students to effectively handle crisis communication situations, write effective strategic communications for organizations, incorporate multimedia elements and other technologies into their communications, and use communication as a tool for leadership and coalition-building within an organization and or within a community. Students can select from classes in corporate and persuasive communication, strategic business writing, data collection and analysis, communication and organizational culture, effective group communication. They are also required to take several economics and/or finance courses, such as classes in accounting, economic analysis, e-commerce, and project management in business settings.
Seton Hall University’s College of Communication and the Arts, in South Orange, offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication that prepares students for leadership roles in communication. Students in this program take core classes in organizational communication, communication research, strategies and methods for corporate relations, after which they can select electives according to their interests in strategic communication, including classes in strategic organizational communication, international business communication, advanced corporate writing, international public relations, new media, leadership communication, integrated marketing communication, and advanced methods in visual communication. Students are also required to complete a master’s thesis with support from their faculty advisory and committee.
William Paterson University’s Department of Communication, in Wayne, offers a Master of Arts in Professional Communication, which is a generalist program that prepares students for advanced professional roles in digital and social media, integrated marketing communication, corporate and strategic communication, and public relations. Students take required core courses in integrated communications, professional writing, and research, and can choose from electives in areas such as strategic public relations, global communication, social media communication, corporate social responsibilities, organizational communication, and the role of the press in national and international communities. Students must demonstrate their understanding of advanced communication topics and their ability to apply communication methods through a master’s project that also incorporate an internship if the student desires.
Online Master’s in Communication Programs for Residents of New Jersey
For students who live in the southern cities of New Jersey, such as Atlantic City or Vineland, online master’s in communication programs provide access to a graduate degree in the field of communication without the need to travel or relocate. Online programs are also a good option for students who cannot commute to campus on a weekly basis for classes due to personal or professional reasons.
Currently, two school in New Jersey offers an online master’s in communication program. Rider University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers an online Master of Arts in Business Communication with a concentration in Health Communication. This program is comprised of eleven courses that cover fundamental and advanced concepts in health communication, including crisis communication, legal and ethical issues in communication, health communication theory, medical concepts in health writing, communication processes in the health field, data collection and analysis, and cultural conceptions of wellness and health. Students also complete a capstone course during which they select a health campaign in their local community and develop a proposal that meets a need or addresses an issue within their community.
In addition to Rider University’s online master’s in communication program, there are also a number of out-of-state schools that offer online master’s in communication programs that accept students from New Jersey. These programs may be ideal for students who would like to attend an online program, but want additional specialization options. Depending on the online program, students may be required to attend one or more campus visits during their enrollment. These visits, also known as campus intensives, are typically held at a school’s main campus or at satellite locations, and are designed to enhance online students’ learning and engagement through interactive learning activities, in-person lectures and discussions, career workshops and networking events. Students are typically responsible for travel logistics and costs involved in attending these intensives. Individuals who are interested in out-of-state online master’s in communication programs should contact the admissions offices of their programs of interest to learn more about any travel requirements these programs may entail and to ensure that they accept students from New Jersey.
Master’s in Communication Programs in New Jersey
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus(Madison)
Monmouth University(West Long Branch)
Rutgers University(New Brunswick)
Master of Communication and Media (with Specializations in Public Relations, Leadership Communication, Communication and Media Studies, Strategic Organizational Communication, Digital Media, Health Communication, and Communication and Media Research)
Seton Hall University(South Orange)
William Paterson University(Wayne)