There are several different master’s in communication programs available at Georgetown University, each with its own unique curriculum and professional focus. Many of these programs are offered through Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies, which offers programs online and on-campus. To give students a closer look at the school’s various degree options, we interviewed graduates from two programs: the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Public Relations and Corporate Communications (PRCC), and the MPS in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC).
This page features interviews with eight alumni of the MPS in PRCC program, Christel Ghattas, Lily Huang, Kate Kundrat, Carlos Lopez, Annie Lorenzana, Ronn Richardson, Kate V. Silina, and Danielle Tyler, who all shared insights into their experience completing the degree and how it has impacted their careers post-graduation.
This page also features interviews with seven graduates of the school’s MPS in IMC program. To help prospective students learn more about this unique degree, we asked Georgetown alumni Katie Bowen, Nikita D’Souza, Diana Delgado, Karalee Harhaji, Katheryn Kim, Bethany Sims, and Lindsay Smith to detail their experiences pursuing their master’s, as well as what initially drew them to the IMC program and what students should know before applying.
Georgetown’s PRCC program offers four specialization areas to choose from (Cause Communications, Corporate Communications, Digital Communications, or Public Relations) and can be completed on campus, online, or through a combination of both. The MPS in IMC is an applied program that focuses on key elements of business strategy, creativity, marketing analytics, and more, and can also be completed either entirely online or through a blend of campus-based and online coursework. To learn more about these degrees and what they can do for your career, read through the interviews below.
Alumni Interviews from the MPS in Public Relations and Corporate Communications Program
Interview with Annie Lorenzana - 2016 Graduate
"I liked that Georgetown typically had an older student population, meaning they weren’t straight out of undergraduate. This is important if you are looking to build a cohort of mid-career professionals. I wanted to collaborate with students who had experience in the real world and brought their daily challenges into the classroom for input and consideration."
Interview with Carlos Lopez - 2017 Graduate
"Doing some research, I found that Georgetown University offered a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. As soon as I saw the name of the program and took a look at the courses, and the quality of the faculty, I knew it was meant to be."
Interview with Christel Ghattas - 2014 Graduate
"Georgetown’s curriculum and faculty represented an array of industries that sparked my interests and the real-life focus of the classes made the decision an easy one. The classes provided experience in both government, private, and non-profit sectors, which eventually helped me bring a versatile scope of expertise to my projects."
Interview with Danielle Tyler - 2018 Graduate
"Georgetown’s program is taught by individuals who are seasoned in the PR and communications field. That was important to me – to learn from people who are the best at what they do because they’re still doing it. I wanted to take my career to the next level after graduation and was able to do so because of what I learned from this program and who I learned it from."
Interview with Kate Kundrat - 2011 Graduate
"While Georgetown is a highly-respected name in traditional academia, I was pleasantly surprised that the required coursework was modern and practical. Having professors who have established careers in their relevant fields brought a sense of authenticity to what they were teaching, and none of the projects felt extraneous."
Interview with Kate V. Silina - 2017 Graduate
"The network I built at Georgetown has been especially valuable. The network helped me transition from the public sector to the private sector, it has helped me find clients, it has helped me make friends in a new city, and I still routinely reach out to my classmates to pressure-test ideas or to ask for advice."
Interview with Lily Huang - 2017 Graduate
"After doing some research and asking around, I applied for Georgetown’s Public Relations and Communication program. By then, the program was already well-established and very well-known in the field. It was a three-time winner of PRWeek’s “PR Education Program of the Year” Award. I was also very impressed by the strong professional background of the faculty members. They are all high-ranking public relations professionals working at A-list organizations. It was obvious that it was the perfect choice for me."
Interview with Ronn Richardson - 2013 Graduate
"After doing some research on the program's academics, structure and faculty, I decided that it could be a great fit, and I applied. I was intrigued by the program’s dynamic course offerings and notable and successful faculty. I was also considering a few other graduate programs, but Georgetown clearly stood out amongst the competition."
Alumni Interviews from the MPS in Integrated Marketing Communications Program
Interview with Bethany Sims - 2018 Graduate
"Ultimately, I choose Georgetown’s IMC program for the mix of consumer-focused research, branding courses and the heavy focus on writing. It was the only program I applied to and it turned out to be the right choice for me."
Interview with Diana Delgado - 2017 Graduate
"The Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at Georgetown University appealed to me for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it offered me the opportunity to network with other students, as well as professors who are industry executives and thought leaders. I also liked that the program is designed for working professionals, with the classes being offered during the evening hours."
Interview with Karalee Harhaji - 2018 Graduate
"After reading more about Georgetown’s Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program and having the opportunity to discuss the curriculum with the program’s professional staff, I knew this degree would not only serve me well but would be exciting and enjoyable along the way. It easily related to the work I was currently doing, marketing fundraising which targets audiences with specific messaging driven by research and insight."
Interview with Katheryn Kim - 2018 Graduate
"From my experience in the program, the foundation courses were the most beneficial. I have learned so much in Brand Concept, Consumer Research, and IMC Strategy... My second takeaway is the connections I have met through the program. The students in the program are within a similar career path. I have met the most bright-minded people here and everyone thinks differently, therefore it brings dynamic conversations to the table."
Interview with Katie Bowen - 2017 Graduate
"In the political arena, effective and efficient communications help win elections, educate key publics on policy, and is the bread and butter of navigating Washington, D.C. I felt by pursuing a degree in integrated marketing communications, I would strengthen my skill set to better manage campaigns, tie together my passions for political science with marketing, and acquire new techniques for showcasing my creative side."
Interview with Lindsay Smith - 2017 Graduate
"One of the most useful things I took away from the Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications program was a more holistic way of thinking about marketing challenges. Rather than addressing situations with a one-size-fits-all solution, I learned to really dig deep and assess a problem from multiple angles."
Interview with Nikita D'Souza - 2018 Graduate
"I knew that I wanted to build a career in Marketing, and I was looking for a comprehensive, application-based program that would focus on all the different marketing communications channels (advertising, direct marketing, social media and digital marketing)… I was attracted to the IMC program at Georgetown because the program offered a balance between the analytical and creative side of marketing communications."