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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 the tools you 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.

    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, you'll 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.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    COM 500Reading & Res Communication3.0
    COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0
    COM 698Creating and Managing Communication Professional Identities3.0
    Required Concentration Courses15.0
    Select and complete one of the following concentration options: 
    Technical Communication 
    COM 510Technical Writing 
    COM 525Document Design and Evaluation 
    COM 570Technical and Science Editing 
    COM 612Ethics for Science and Technical Communication 
    COM 630Software Documentation 
    Public Communication 
    COM 613Ethics for Public Communication 
    COM 635Electronic Publishing 
    COM 650Telecommunications Regulation and Policy 
    COM 663Event Planning 
    COM 680Public Relations Writing and Strategies 
    Science Communication 
    COM 520Science Writing 
    COM 525Document Design and Evaluation 
    COM 570Technical and Science Editing 
    COM 612Ethics for Science and Technical Communication 
    COM 670Medical Writing 
    Total Credits45.0


    Any appropriate graduate course can serve as an elective if you have sufficient background to take it. In addition, the program offers its own elective courses including special topics (COM 690). Qualified students may also pursue independent study 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 2016-2017 is $1192 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

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