There are currently eight schools in New Jersey that offer a total of 11 master’s in communication programs. Of these 11 programs, seven are campus-based and four are 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.

The School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, located in New Brunswick, offers a Master of Communication and Media with seven different specializations options. Students in the program can choose to pursue their degree in Public Relations, Leadership Communication, Communication and Media Studies, Strategic Organizational Communication, Digital Media, Health Communication, or Communication and Media Research. Rutgers’ Master of Communication and Media program emphasizes practical skills, focusing on critical thinking, problem solving, writing, and digital advancements in the field. Courses are offered on campus and online which gives students flexibility in how they pursue their studies. Each degree track requires a total of 36 credits, including five core courses and seven electives. Coursework varies by specialization, with topics ranging from organizational communication and public relations management to health informatics and social media.

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.

For students who live near New York and Pennsylvania, there are also programs in New York City and Philadelphia, respectively.

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, three schools in New Jersey offer master’s in communication programs online. The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark offers an online Master of Science in Professional and Technical Communication (MSPTC) program through its Department of Humanities which emphasizes research-driven problem-solving and the latest technological advancements in the field. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits, as well as design and maintain a digital portfolio of their work throughout the program. The curriculum is comprised of core courses in Advanced Professional and Technical Communication, Communication Theory and Research, Advanced Information Design, Elements of Visual Design, and Identity, Technology, and Communication, as well as an ePortfolio Capstone Seminar. A total of five electives are also required, with choices such as Proposal Writing, Professional and Technical Editing, Analyzing Social Media, Health Communications, Corporate Media and Communication, and Content Management and Information Architecture.

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.

While Rutgers University’s Master of Communication and Media offers a wide range of online and hybrid courses, at this time, only one degree specialization can be completed entirely online. Students interested in pursuing the Digital Media degree track can do so through fully online instruction, with the option to attend some courses on campus, if they wish. This specialization emphasizes digital video production and social media management, and is designed for journalists or other communication professionals interested in furthering their understanding of 21st century media and its role in modern society. Like their campus-based peers, online students must complete five core courses and seven electives to graduate. Courses in the Digital Media specialization include Media Law and Policy, Critiquing Marketing Communications, Digital Journalism, Digital Advocacy, and Globalization, Media, and Social Change.

In addition to these three schools, there are a number of out-of-state institutions 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

Campus programs are defined as programs that have all of their instruction on campus, while Campus/Hybrid programs are defined as programs that blend on-campus and online/distance instruction, but whose courses are mostly campus-based. Online programs are defined as programs that are either 100% online with no campus visits, or those that require 1 to 2 campus visits per year. Online/Hybrid programs are defined as programs that require 3 to ~5 campus visits per year, with the rest of instruction taking place online.

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus

(Madison)

Kean University

(Union)
Department: School of Communication, Media & Journalism
Programs:

Rider University

(Lawrenceville)
Department: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Programs:

Seton Hall University

(South Orange)

William Paterson University

(Wayne)
Department: Department of Communication
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