MS in Communication Overview Follow a career that values conversation over chatterIn 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 MediaGrant WritingJournalismMarketingPublic RelationsScience CommunicationsSocial MediaTechnical WritingAnd many moreConcentrationsPublic Communication (full and part time) Prepares you for careers in journalism, public relations, and nonprofit communication. Choose from courses such as Event Planning, Investigative Journalism, Grant Writing, Strategic Social Media Communication, and Public Relations Planning. Science and Health Communication (part time only)Prepares you for careers in the medical, science, and pharmaceutical fields. Choose from courses such as Science Writing, Medical Journalism, Document Design and Evaluation, Public Health Campaigns, and Ethics.Technical Communication (part time only)Prepares you for careers in a wide range of industries, from social networking to publishing to health care. Choose from courses such as Technical Writing, Document Design and Evaluation, Ethics, and Editing. Program FeaturesGraduate with an impressive portfolio of workElective options to diversify your expertiseSix month internship to gain professional experience (optional for those with full-time professional communication experience) Hands-on expertise that immediately translates to your careerA nuanced understanding of media, technology, and semioticsDrexel University online program benefits:Flexibility: Begin the program during any academic quarter, with classes 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 CommunicationsContent 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$124,850Public Relations and Fundraising Managers$104,140Technical Writers$70,240Public Relations Specialists$56,770Media and Communications Specialists$52,200Drexel’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.State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.*Median salary figures via Bureau of Labor Statistics Curriculum 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.Up to 15 credits can be transferred into the program (all transferred credits must be approved by Drexel). Required Courses COM 500Reading and Research in Communication3.0COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0COM 698Creating and Managing Communication Professional Identities3.0Electives*21.0Required Concentration Courses15.0Public Communication COM 613Ethics for Public Communication Choose 4 of the following: COM 535Digital Publishing COM 536Strategic Social Media Communication COM 541Introduction to Public Relations COM 542Public Relations Writing** COM 543Public Relations Planning** COM 563Event Planning COM 575Grant Writing for the Arts and Humanities COM 576Nonprofit Communications COM 650Telecom Regulation and Policy COM 660Investigative Journalism Science and Health Communication COM 520Science Writing COM 570Technical, Science, and Health Editing COM 612Ethics for Technical, Science, and Health Communication COM 670Medical Writing OR COM 673Medical Journalism CHP 672Theory and Practice in Health Communication Technical Communication COM 510Technical Writing COM 525Document Design and Evaluation COM 535Digital Publishing COM 570Technical, Science, and Health Editing COM 612Ethics for Technical, Science, and Health Communication 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 T680). You may also pursue independent study in special cases.**To enroll in this class you must first earn a grade of "B" or better in COM 541 or get permission from your advisor to waive this requirement.View Course Descriptions and the complete curriculum, which includes classes only offered on campus. Admissions Criteria A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or universityGRE scores are not required, but are recommended for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0Required DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo professional letters of recommendationA 750-1000 word essay that describes your past and current professional and academic work, your career goals, and how the Master of Science in Communication will help you achieve these goals ResumeAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1228 per credit. This program is eligible for Financial Aid.Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.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 2017-2018 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2017 September 25, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 16, 2017 Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 24, 2018 Spring 2018 April 2, 2018 June 9, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 15, 2018 Summer 2018 June 25, 2018 September 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 8, 2018 Apply today for the MS in Communication Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission. Any problems? Find help or contact us.