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, 21 schools in New York offer a total of 28 master’s in communication programs. Of these 28 programs, 20 are campus-based, six are online, and two are online/hybrid programs that require approximately five campus visits during the program. 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 listed 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 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 (NYC)

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.

The Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University offers a Master of Arts in Public Media program with two different tracks: Multiplatform Journalism and Strategic Communication. Both tracks aim to help students develop compelling storytelling skills and multimedia production expertise across a range of existing and emerging platforms. The Multiplatform Journalism track focuses primarily on developing and distributing stories and news reports through audio, video, and web content, while the Strategic Communication track is more geared towards public relations and marketing for nonprofits and the public sectors. Courses in the program are taught by media professionals from outlets such as CBS, WFUV, The New York Times, WNYC, and WNET.

New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) Department of Communication Arts offers a Master of Arts in Communication Arts with six possible specialization areas. Students can specialize in PR/Advertising (Integrated Marketing Communications), Media Management, Digital Filmmaking and Television Production, Interactive Multimedia, Electronic Journalism, or Cinema Studies. The interdisciplinary program combines study in research, aesthetic design, and cultural studies with hands-on production work in NYIT’s state-of-the-art TV studios, filmmaking labs, audio-processing centers, and 3-D motion capture lab. Students can even join NYIT’s in-house ad agency, or produce content for their Globesville web channel or ProdCo production company.

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 Capital District

The University at Albany, a part of the SUNY system, offers a hybrid Master of Arts in Communication program through its Department of Communication. The program features four distinct areas of study: Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, and Health Communication. After completing core courses in Communication Research Methods and Communication Theory and Practice, students select one of these four concentrations to focus on, building a curriculum in their particular area of interest. Courses are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both, giving students flexibility in how they pursue their studies. For their graduation requirement, students can choose between completing an internship practicum or an original research project.

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 central New York State, Ithaca College offers an online/hybrid Master of Science in Communications Innovation program through its Roy H. Park School of Communications. (MastersinCommunications.com categories online programs that require three to approximately five campus visits per year as online/hybrid programs.) The MS in Communications Innovation program combines online coursework, delivered using asynchronous instruction, with five destination intensives spread throughout the two year course of study. Students progress through the program in cohorts of six to eight, taking the same courses together and attending the same intensives. The 15-course curriculum covers such topics as Innovation and Collaboration, Emerging Media, Intellectual Property and Business Contracts, Data Analytics, Consumer Behavior, and Global Product Management.

State University of New York at Oswego, commonly known as SUNY Oswego, offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication through its Department of Communication Studies. The degree can be pursued through a hybrid of campus and online study, or through entirely online coursework (see section below). Students who choose the hybrid option have three degree tracks available to them: Integrated and Social Networks, Health Communication, and Organizational Communication. A core curriculum consisting of Introduction to Strategic Communication, Applied Communication Theory, Applied Research Methods, and Global Media Literacy is required for all students. After completing the core courses, students take more focused coursework in their area of specialization. The Health Communication track, for example, features courses such as Interpersonal Communication in Health Care, Crisis Communication, Health Campaigns, and Healthcare Systems in the U.S.

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. This program is also classified as an online/hybrid program that combines on-campus and online instruction. Students must attend in-person sessions at the beginning of each semester on either the Syracuse campus or in New York City. This executive program is designed for professionals with full-time work experience in public relations. 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.

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.

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 Communications 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 one on-campus residency in New York City during their enrollment.

Marist College’s School of Communication and the Arts offers an Online Master of Arts 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.

St. Bonaventure University’s Jandoli School of Communication offers an online Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications. 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. Students take courses in integrated marketing communications, digital communication, creative message strategy, financial tools, and integrated marketing communication case studies.

The Department of Communication Studies at SUNY Oswego offers their Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program online. While students who attend the campus program can choose from three specializations, only the Organizational Communication specialization is offered fully online. The curriculum and requirements are the same for both online and campus-based students in this concentration. Students complete the same set of core courses, before moving into specialized coursework in areas such as Interpersonal Communication in Organizations, Ethics and Conflict in Organizations, Intercultural Communication, and Organizational Leadership and Team Building. The online option uses asynchronous instruction, with no required campus visits.

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications also offers an online Master of Science in Communications with specializations in Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism Innovation that gives students advanced training in digital communication, multimedia storytelling, and media management. The curriculum combines six core courses with three specialization-specific courses. Core courses cover topics such as media law, media research, multimedia storytelling, social media, and digital communication. Depending on the specialization, students take courses in branding, strategic advertising, emerging media, journalism and digital media, theories of public relations, and public relations management. The program requires students to attend two immersion sessions and complete a capstone project. This program is distinct from Newhouse’s hybrid-online Master of Science in Communications Management program which is designed for working public relations professionals.

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

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.

Baruch College (CUNY)

(New York)

Fordham University

(New York)
Department: Department of Communication and Media Studies
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Iona College

(New Rochelle)
Department: Department of Mass Communication
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Ithaca College

(Ithaca)
Department: Roy H. Park School of Communications
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Manhattanville College

(Purchase)
Department: School of Business
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Marist College

(Poughkeepsie)
Department: School of Communication and the Arts
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Pace University - Westchester Campus

(Pleasantville)
Department: Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
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St Bonaventure University

(Olean)
Department: Jandoli School of Communication
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St John's University

(Queens)
Department: College of Professional Studies (Department of Mass Communication)
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Syracuse University

(Syracuse)

Teachers College at Columbia University

(New York)

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

(Buffalo)
Department: Department of Communication
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