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  • MS in Communication


    Follow a career that values conversation over chatter

    In our fast-paced world, communication across digital and print mediums is absolutely intrinsic to every industry and business. Talented and dexterous communications professionals who can deliver precise and efficient messages are in extraordinary demand.

    Drexel University’s online MS in Communication provides the skills and insider knowledge to manage communications for any organization, preparing you for an exciting, active career in a number of specialties:

    • Digital media
    • Grant writing
    • Journalism
    • Marketing
    • Public relations
    • Science communications
    • Social Media
    • Technical writing
    • And many more

    Program Features

    • You'll graduate with an impressive portfolio of work
    • Elective options to diversify your expertise
    • Six month internship to gain professional experience
    • Hands-on expertise that immediately translates to your career
    • A nuanced understanding of media, technology, and semiotics

    Drexel University online program benefits:

    • Flexibility: Full or part-time coursework that can begin any academic quarter. Classes are available online 24/7.
    • Outstanding Faculty: Over 85% of Drexel University faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field.
    • Highly Interactive: Online instruction designed to challenge and engage, while remaining convenient for working professionals.

    The Future of Communications

    Content delivery is on the tip of every leading organization these days. It’s the concept of reaching, informing, and converting prospective clients. Not to be confused with traditional marketing or outreach, modern content delivery means creating a robust, intertwined communications network that serves as a holistic hub of an organization’s brand message, objectives, and greater utility.

    Many professionals point to the rise of digital news and social media as the tipping point of accelerating modern content delivery. Consumers today rely on a vast network of news, cultural, and social sources to gather information and communicate with each other.

    Today’s communications professionals must, therefore, be especially adaptive, well-rounded, and quick-thinking. A useful and powerful communications education must also be the same. Graduate degrees in communications are abundant, but few offer the type of multi-faceted, holistic approach the industry demands.

    There’s no shortage of careers in the communications field. From working in public relations and media, to helping clients with digital marketing strategies, companies of all sizes need savvy professionals dedicated to new media. A graduate degree in communications opens the door to the following careers:

    Master’s Degree in Communications Average Salary*

    Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers$124,850
    Public Relations and Fundraising Managers$104,140
    Technical Writers$70,240
    Public Relations Specialists$56,770
    Media and Communications Specialists$52,200

    Drexel’s MS in Communication provides the option to specialize in specific fields for nuanced expertise. The online program also offers a wide breadth of electives to give you an advanced understanding of how today’s abundant variety of media correlate and interact every minute of every day.

    Today’s content delivery network is constantly shifting and evolving. A graduate communications degree program must do the same to keep graduates rising to the top of the industry.

    Whether you’re beginning a new direction or advancing your career, an MS in Communication earned online with Drexel University will help you find and harness your voice.

    Learn more today.

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    *Median salary figures via Bureau of Labor Statistics


    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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