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  • MS in Communication


    Virtually every industry today has a need for strong, effective communicators. Drexel's MS in Communication program provides students with the tools they need for professional careers in the corporate world as communication specialists. Today, the biggest challenge for any corporation, organization or institution is getting the right message to the right people through the right medium.

    • Technical Communication - For careers as technical writers, computer documentation specialists, and training specialists 
    • Public Communication - For careers in journalism and public relations

    Program Features and Benefits

    • Relevance - You'll gain the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for careers in public relations, journalism, science and technical communications through a combination of traditional journalism courses and courses that will expand your understanding of the world, advances in technology and the impact of the media.
    • Flexibility - You can attend full time or part time, and can begin the program in any academic quarter. Classes are available online 24/7.
    • Career-Oriented - You'll develop a professional portfolio for use outside of the university setting and participate in six months of internship to gain experience in communication related fields
    • Outstanding Faculty - Over 90% of Drexel University faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field.
    • Highly Interactive - Online method designed to challenge and engage while remaining convenient for working professionals


    As a final graduation requirement, each student must submit a professional exit portfolio. Based on coursework and professional assignments, the portfolio undergoes a rigorous process of review by faculty members and by a professional outside the university.



    Required Courses 
    COM 500Reading & Res Communication3.0
    COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0
    Required Concentration Courses15.0
    Students must select and complete one of the following concentration options: 
    Technical Communication 
    COM 510
    Technical Writing 
    COM 570
    Technical and Science Editing 
    COM 612
    Ethics for Science and Technical Communication 
    COM 620
    Message Design and Evaluation 
    COM 630
    Software Documentation 
    Public Communication 
    COM 613
    Ethics for Public Communication 
    COM 635
    Electronic Publishing 
    COM 650
    Telecommunications Policy in the Information Age 
    COM 663
    Event Planning 
    COM 680
    Public Relations Writing and Strategies 
    Total Credits45.0


    Any appropriate graduate course offered in the University can serve as an elective if the student has sufficient background to take the course. In addition, the program offers its own elective courses including special topics (COM 690). Qualified students may also pursue independent study for elective credit in special cases.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university
    • GRE scores are not required, but are recommended for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $1157 per credit.

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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