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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


    • Public 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 Features

    • Graduate with an impressive portfolio of work
    • Elective options to diversify your expertise
    • Six month internship to gain professional experience (optional for those with full-time professional communication experience)
    • Hands-on expertise that immediately translates to your career
    • A nuanced understanding of media, technology, and semiotics

    Drexel 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.

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    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.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    *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.

    Up to 15 credits can be transferred into the program (all transferred credits must be approved by Drexel). 

    Core Courses  
    COM 500 Reading & Res Communication 3.0
    COM 610 Theories of Communication and Persuasion 3.0
    COM 698 Creating and Managing Communication Professional Identities 3.0
    Electives * 21.0
    Concentration Courses (Select One Concentration) 15.0
    Technical Communication  
    COM 612
    Ethics for Technical, Science, and Health Communication  
    Choose four of the following:  
    COM 510
    Technical Writing  
    COM 525
    Document Design and Usability  
    COM 535
    Digital Publishing  
    COM 567
    Technical Documentation and Software  
    COM 570
    Technical, Science, and Health Editing  
    INFO 532
    Software Development  
    Science and Health Communication  
    CHP 672
    Theory and Practice in Health Communication  
    COM 520
    Science Writing  
    COM 570
    Technical, Science, and Health Editing  
    COM 612
    Ethics for Technical, Science, and Health Communication  
    COM 670
    Medical Writing  
    or COM 673
    Medical Journalism
    Public Communication  
    COM 613
    Ethics for Public Communication  
    Choose four of the following:
    COM 535
    Digital Publishing  
    COM 536
    Strategic Social Media Communication  
    COM 541
    Foundations of Public Relations  
    COM 542
    Public Relations Writing **  
    COM 543
    Public Relations Planning **  
    COM 563
    Event Planning  
    COM 575
    Grant Writing  
    COM 576
    Nonprofit Communications  
    COM 650
    Telecommunications Regulation and Policy  
    COM 660
    Investigative Journalism  
    Total Credits 45.0

    *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.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Preferably a GPA of 3.0.
      • If your GPA is below 3.0, we recommend you submit GRE scores with your application. GRE scores are evaluated based on your performance in the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections. If GRE scores are not available, you are still encouraged to apply.
    • Note: All applicants are evaluated holistically with consideration to writing skills, relevant professional experience and academic aptitude.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • A 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 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $1303 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • 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

    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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