Students interested in enrolling in a master’s in communication program in New York have a wide variety of programs and specializations to choose from: currently, 19 schools in New York offer a total of 26 master’s in communication programs. Of these 26 programs, 20 are campus-based, six are online, and zero is an online/hybrid program that requires five campus visits. Specialization options for master’s in communication programs in New York range from corporate, public relations, and organizational communication to strategic marketing communication and communication theory. All the schools featured on this page are non-profit institutions of higher education that have received regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Campus-Based Master’s in Communication Programs in New York
Schools throughout the state of New York, from New York City to Potsdam to Rochester to Buffalo to Olean, offer master’s in communication programs. While most of these programs are offered through departments or schools of communication, several are offered through graduate schools of business, schools of professional studies, and departments of arts, math, and/or science and technology.
Master’s in Communication Programs in New York City
The highest concentration of master’s in communication programs is in New York City, where Baruch College, Columbia University, New York University, St John’s University, and The City College of New York all offer a variety of master’s in communication programs. Baruch College’s (CUNY) Mildred and George Weissman School of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Corporate Communication that trains students to engage in strategic business communications through classes in corporate communications, ethical and legal issues in corporate communication, research methods in corporate communication, media analysis, and international business communication.
Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies offers an Executive Master of Science in Strategic Communication that is designed for corporate leaders and experienced communication professionals who want to gain more skills in digital media, strategic communication, and organizational leadership. The School of Professional Studies also offers a Master of Science in Strategic Communication designed for communication professionals who want to hone their skills in strategic communication and learn how to apply new media technologies to communication projects. The Teachers College at Columbia University’s Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology offers a Master of Arts in Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design with a specialization in Communication and Education, which is geared towards individuals who wish to become teachers in a field of communication and explores how education impacts social systems and culture.
New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication offers a Master’s in Media, Culture, and Communication that is geared towards academics and communication professionals who want to better understand how different forms of media and their effects intersect with political, cultural, and social contexts. NYU’s School of Professional Studies offers a Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication with specializations in Corporate and Organizational Communication, and Public Relations Management that trains students in communications ethics and law, public relations writing, social media objectives and strategies, research methodologies, the history, theory, and practice of public relations, media relations management, and strategic communications.
St. John’s University’s College of Professional Studies’ Department of Mass Communication, in Queens, offers a Master of Science in International Communication. This program teaches students important skills in global media management, strategic communications, campaign planning and implementation, employee training and human resources, public relations, and policy development.
The City College of New York’s (CUNY) Department of Media and Communication Arts offers a Master of Professional Studies in Branding + Integrated Communications, with specializations in Advertising Management/Planning, Advertising/Concepting/Copywriting/Art Direction, and Public Relations. This program teaches students how to help organizations create compelling, meaningful, and durable brand identities through a combination of strategic marketing, public relations, and other corporate communication.
Master’s in Communication Programs in Westchester County
The College of New Rochelle’s Division of Communication and Leadership offers a Master of Science in Communication Management and Media that prepares students to engage in different types of strategic communication and media management tasks. This program has areas of concentration in Strategic Communication Management, Leadership, Communication Consulting, and Entrepreneurship, and Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Management.
Iona College’s Department of Mass Communication, also in New Rochelle, offers a Master of Arts in Sports Communication and Media that prepares students to engage with a wide variety of sports media and journalism, including game reporting and broadcasting, multimedia production and editing.
Manhattanville College’s School of Business, in Purchase, offers a Master of Science in Marketing Communication Management that prepares communication professionals for advanced roles in marketing, public relations, and media management for organizations. Students of this program take required courses in business strategy, public relations theory and practice, social media in business, marketing strategies for creating customer value, communications ethics and law, and effective communications strategy.
In Pleasantville, Pace University – Westchester Campus’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts. This program trains students in professional writing for organizations, communications research, effective public speaking, new communication technologies, reputation management, creative media, media law, documentary production, and web architecture and design.
Master’s in Communication Programs in Central New York State
In the central regions of New York State, schools such as Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, and Syracuse University also offer master’s in communication programs.
Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Communication and Media offers a Master of Science in Communication and Rhetoric, with theoretical areas in Communication and Electronic Technologies, Media Design and Theory, and Rhetoric and Culture. This program aims to prepare students to understand and analyze how written communication is both the product and a key influencer of culture, cognition, and society through courses that cover communication theory, media research, persuasive rhetoric, writing for marketing and promotion, rhetorical analysis, technical communication, human-computer interaction, and the interactions between rhetoric, culture, and communication technologies.
Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications offers a Master of Science in Communications Management with a focus in Public Relations that provides students with advanced skills in digital communication technologies, organizational leadership, media management, strategic planning, and public relations. Students of this program are also allowed to take several of their classes online, as Syracuse has an online version of their program with the same course content. Syracuse University’s Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies also offers a Master of Arts in Communication and Rhetoric that offers students advanced training in and in-depth knowledge of language and social interaction, communication and critical/cultural studies, rhetorical criticism and theory, and the intersections of communication, identity, politics, and social influence.
Master’s in Communication Programs in Western New York State
The University at Buffalo’s Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication that is geared towards students planning on pursuing doctoral-level communication studies post-graduation, or applying research-informed principles to campaigns at companies and organizations. This program gives students the option of exploring research areas such as Collective Cognitive Processes, International/Intercultural Communication Issues, Mathematical Modeling of Cognitive and Sociocultural Processes, Communication Technologies, Communication and Conflict Resolution, and Health Campaign Communication.
Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Communication offers a Master of Science in Communication and Media Technologies with optional applied professional areas in Marketing, Health Systems, Public Policy, and Print Media. Courses in this program cover topics in communication theory, media law and ethics, and persuasive rhetoric, and aims to train students in innovative media technologies that they can incorporate into strategic communication plans.
In Olean, St. Bonaventure University’s Jandoli School of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Marketing Communications with both campus and hybrid courses. This program provides students with an understanding of how to combine marketing, creative messaging, public relations, and campaign management to create an integrated communications strategy for organizations through courses in integrated marketing communications, digital communication, creative message strategy, financial tools, and integrated marketing communication case studies.
The College at Brockport’s Department of Communication has a Master of Arts in Communication that has a flexible curriculum that allows students to pursue either a theoretical or a more industry-focused field of study. This program features areas of focus in Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Mass Communication, and Rhetorical Theory and Criticism.
Master’s in Communication Programs in Northern New York State
In northern New York State, Potsdam State University of New York’s School of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts in English and Communication that focuses on giving students an interdisciplinary understanding of human communication and symbolic systems. Students in this program must take a course in the introduction to graduate studies, followed by their choice of electives in areas such as rhetorical criticism, composition theory, discourse studies, semiotics, professional writing, theories of interpretation, narratology, and gender and identity in discourse. Students also complete a culminating master’s thesis that investigates an interdisciplinary question concerning human communications and interactions and their cultural contexts.
Online Master’s in Communication Programs for Residents of New York
In addition to the on-campus master’s in communication programs, several schools in the state of New York offer online master’s in communication programs.
Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business offers an Online Master of Science in Strategic Marketing Communication that provides students with knowledge of and skills in the latest communication technologies and strategies. Students take courses from the Gabelli School’s graduate offerings in marketing, media management, and corporate leadership, and attend two campus residencies in New York City during their enrollment.
Marist College’s School of Communication and the Arts offers an Online Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Communication and Leadership that prepares students to write effective communications across a variety of contexts and analyze the effectiveness of content initiatives through classes in communication theory, organizational and interpersonal communication, research strategies and methods, and organizational change management. Marist College also offers an Online Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communication that trains students to employ different media forms and strategies into integrated marketing plans for organizations. Students take classes in the principles of integrated marketing communication, public relations management, the foundations of marketing, mobile marketing, advertising management, and public relations.
Syracuse University also offers an online version of its Master of Science in Communications with specializations in Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism Innovation, while St. Bonaventure University offers an online version of its Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications. Both of these programs are equivalent in course content and sequencing to their campus-based counterparts.
The College of New Rochelle’s Division of Communication and Leadership offers an online Master of Science in Communications Management & Media with a concentration in Leadership, Communication Consulting, and Entrepreneurship that prepares students for careers in strategic and organizational communication leadership across a variety of settings. This program features core classes in digital communication research, organizational communication, professional presentations, and intercultural communication, followed by classes in areas such as nonprofit communication and fundraising, leadership and team building, gender and communication, communication consulting, visual communication, and strategic digital and social media. For their culminating graduation requirement, students either complete a master’s thesis or a comprehensive examination, as well as two courses that they choose in collaboration with their advisor.
For more information about online master’s in communication programs and important considerations for students interested in completing their graduate degree online, please reference our Online Master’s in Communication Programs resource page.
Master’s in Communication Programs in New York
Baruch College (CUNY)(New York)
Columbia University(New York)
Fordham University(New York)
Iona College(New Rochelle)
New York University(New York)
Pace University - Westchester Campus(Pleasantville)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute(Troy)
Rochester Institute of Technology(Rochester)
St Bonaventure University(Olean)
St John's University(Queens)
Teachers College at Columbia University(New York)
The City College of New York (CUNY)(New York)
The College at Brockport (SUNY)(Brockport)
The College of New Rochelle(New Rochelle)
Master of Science in Communication Management and Media (with Areas of Concentration in Strategic Communication Management, Leadership, Communication Consulting, and Entrepreneurship, and Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Management)
The State University of New York at Potsdam(Potsdam)
University at Buffalo (SUNY)(Buffalo)
Master of Arts in Communication (with Research Areas in Collective Cognitive Processes, International/Intercultural Communication Issues, Mathematical Modeling of Cognitive and Sociocultural Processes, Communication Technologies, Communication and Conflict Resolution, and Health Campaign Communication)