Online master’s in communication programs can be a great option for those looking to pursue a degree while maintaining a full-time job or other responsibilities. Troy University in Alabama offers a Master of Science in Strategic Communication online through its Hall School of Journalism and Communication. To learn more about this degree program, we interviewed five graduates to find out why they chose Troy’s graduate communication program, how the curriculum was structured, and the pros and cons of pursuing a master’s online.
Below you will find in-depth interviews with Troy alumni Debbie Bracewell, Heather Cotton, Anneshia Hardy, Jasmine Hunter, and Donovan Jackson. Check out what they had to say about the school’s online MS in Strategic Communication program and how earning a master’s degree has impacted their careers.
Interview with Anneshia Hardy - Graduate
"Every course in the program was applicable to my work in the field. The most valuable component of the program, for me, was the consistent interjection of topics pertaining to new media and media convergence in every course. In today’s job market, employers are seeking communication professionals that can wear multiple hats and stay up-to-date with digital trends."
Interview with Debbie Bracewell - 2014 Graduate
"I was interested in polishing the skills I already had and wanted to learn about new technology and new methods of communication. As an older adult, I found the idea of an online course attractive and convenient."
Interview with Donovan Jackson, MS - 2014 Graduate
"I chose Troy because I was already familiar with the faculty and I knew that the education would be extensive based upon the in-depth education provided by my bachelor degree. In reference to skills, I knew that Troy’s program would teach me the fundamentals and advanced techniques of communication. Some of these skills included persuasion, influence, the art of propaganda, crisis communication and various levels of marketing and advertising."
Interview with Heather Cotton - 2016 Graduate
"Courses were interesting and varied in both content and approach. Overall, the program emphasized several topics and transferrable skills: creating communications plans, public relations, legal and ethical issues as they relate to communications, crisis communications, advertising, market research and analysis, utilizing emerging technology to reach a target audience, and leadership. Professors offered timely, direct, thoughtful feedback to assignments, often prompting more discussion."
Interview with Jasmine Hunter, M.S. - 2015 Graduate
"I decided to pursue my Masters at Troy because of the curriculum, reviews, and cost of the program. The curriculum was very similar to what I had studied during my undergraduate career at Alabama State University. I knew the types of responsibilities that I wanted in a potential career. I knew that I wanted to be a brand ambassador and be responsible for social media and public relations for an organization. These classes would give me the knowledge and experience I needed to succeed. The entire program made me excited to want to learn more and be able to excel in my career goals."