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Factors I Considered When Researching Communication Graduate Programs

Author: Christine Tamms, Online Master of Science in Communications Student

I chose Purdue for many reasons including:

-    Ranked among top universities
-    Leader in the world of academia
-    Elite faculty and professors
-    Affordable (even for out- of-state)
-    Structure and content offered in the Online Communications program.

1.) Rankings
According to Forbes 2016 public colleges ranking for Purdue, the school is ranked # 26.

Purdue is well known internationally, being the #2 public university to attract international students according to US News & World Report. The online program has students from all over the world and it will continue to attract a very diverse group of bright students.

Forbes also ranked Purdue #59 for research universities. Research is of paramount importance to me, working in market research for Cambridge University Press.  At my company, cutting edge research underpins everything we do.

2.) Experienced Faculty
When I was reviewing the online communications graduate program, I read the background of the faculty. I really liked how their experiences included those who have worked in academia for a long time and those from the corporate and nonprofit world.  I thought as a student, what a wonderful opportunity to learn about communication through various lenses.

3.) Affordability
Another critical factor for me was the cost of the program. While searching for a marketing graduate program, I came across other schools with wonderful reputations, costing more than twice as much in tuition. Those schools were not an option for me. It is really wise to choose a school where you get a good value for your education.

4.) Course Topics
Finally, I just really loved the range of courses offered in the Purdue Online Communication graduate program - from strategic communication to social media to leadership communication and ethics and so much more. I felt as though it was a life expanding experience to learn about everything under the umbrella of communication – something that is so indispensable in every organization today.  

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Christine Tamms is a student in Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree program. The program can be completed in just 20 months and covers numerous topics critical for advancement in the communication industry, including crisis communication, social media engagement, focus group planning and implementation, survey design and survey analysis, public relations theory, professional writing, and communication ethics.

About the Author
Christine Tamms is a Marketing Associate at Cambridge University Press in New York City where she works on global market research initiatives. She also serves as the NYC corporate communications representative with their UK communications team by providing insight, local knowledge and feedback in relation to all aspects of communication activities. She is a Clemson University alumna and studied at a semester at French business school during her undergrad. Christine is also a member of the New York City Junior League.

*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.