The Next Step in Your Communications Career.
Developing and employing clear, concise and strategic communication is a critical skill in the business world, and the online master's degree in Communications Management from Webster enables you to take your career and business to the next level. The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Communications Management is intended for aspiring young professionals or mid-career managers working in or transitioning to a communications field. This program is designed to include courses from both Media Communications and Business Management to create a distinctive profile for graduates entering or advancing in the job market.
Our graduate programs fit busy working professional schedules, and students can still work 40-hour weeks.
Our award-winning faculty combines scholarship with real-world professional experience.
What you learn in the classroom you can use the next day at work.
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MA in Communications Management
You'll learn how to manage projects within a communications framework, communicate with upper management, present solutions to communications problems, work with creative and technical experts, apply strategies and tactics in implementing communications programs and adapt and integrate new skills as technology changes.
Webster's Master of Arts in Communications Management program
Successful graduates of this program will be able to:
- Apply communications strategically to specific organizational issues or challenges.
- Apply project management skills.
- Recommend solutions to communications problems.
- Develop effective working strategies with other experts in the communications field.
- Design strategy and tactics in implementation of communication plans and programs.
This degree offers students the opportunity to earn a master's degree in communications while having the flexibility to choose elective courses from various business and management disciplines.
Core Courses (21 credit hours)
- MEDC 5000 Media Communications* (3 hours)
- MEDC 5300 Strategic Communications (3 hours)
- MEDC 5310 Media and Culture (3 hours)
- PBRL 5323 Organizational Communications (3 hours)
- MEDC 5350 Media Organization and Regulations (3 hours)
- MEDC 5400 Media Production Management (3 hours)
- MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications (3 hours)
Elective Courses (15 credit hours)
In addition to the seven core courses, MA students can choose five elective courses offered in School of Communications majors. Courses from program curricula outside the School of Communications may be considered, if appropriate and approved in advance using a program option request form. Students taking courses that are from outside of the School of Communications should verify prerequisites with the appropriate school or college.
*MEDC 5000 Media Communications is the requisite course in the communications management program. It examines communications theory and its application to mass media, as well as introduces students to the graduate program, describes program expectations and discusses academic preparation for MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications. Therefore, students must take this course even if they have academic or professional experience in media communications.
“The Communications Management program allowed me to get a feeling of what it would really be like to work in the media industry, and the curriculum was focused on the professional skills that I needed.”
BA in Media Studies '18, MA in Communications Management '20
Alumni Success and Job Outlook
Communication Management graduates qualify for leadership positions, like director of corporate communication or public affairs in the business sector, director of public advocacy campaigns for a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization, and independent consultants and trainers.
- Jobs for public relations and fundraising managers are predicted to increase 13% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median pay was $119,860 per year (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
- Jobs for advertising, promotions, and marketing managers are predicted to increase 10% through 2023. As of May 2021, the median annual wage for advertising and promotions managers was $127,150; for marketing managers, median annual pay was $135,030 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
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