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Online Master of Science in Communication

Amplify: Your Communication

Clear, powerful and concise communication is vital in today’s technology-driven world. As new avenues for communication emerge, it is paramount that practitioners thoroughly understand both quantitative and qualitative communication methodologies, as this will prepare them for success.

Purdue University’s online Master of Science in Communication program builds upon your critical-thinking and strategic communication skills, empowering you to amplify your branding and messaging strategy across international, national and local platforms. This online MS degree program is designed for working professionals who wish to obtain a deeper understanding and mastery of strategic communication to facilitate upward career mobility.

Amplify: Your Achievement

Earn your advanced communication degree online, in your own time, from one of the top public universities in the United States. Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree 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.

Students of the online MS in Communication program not only graduate with a deep understanding of the theory and strategy behind impactful strategic communication, but are influenced by a faculty of practitioners who bring decades of career experience into their teaching methods.

MS in Communication Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Purdue’s online master’s in communication program, students will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in the following areas:

  • Evaluation of communication to a global audience
  • Methodological foundation of strategic communication
  • Application of ethical principles and decision making
  • Audience considerations, credibility and ethics
  • Writing as it relates to media, public relations and advertising
  • Analysis of social media engagement

Winner of the 2017 John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program Award

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Amplify: Your Success

The online master's in communication program embodies the values that the Brian Lamb School of Communication was founded on, which include a commitment to openness in communication and public affairs. Inspired by this commitment, the curriculum for the graduate degree in communication was designed to teach students more than the textbook definitions of theory and strategy and ensures that they achieve a heightened understanding of communication and the tools needed to leverage effective messaging across any medium. Graduates of the program leave ready to:

  • Apply strategies based on concepts and theories to solve organizational problems
  • Develop brands and images for organizations
  • Communicate with investors and influence decision-making
  • Leverage communication to international, national and local audiences
  • Build and manage relationships through social media

An MS in Communication is the first step towards a high-paying career in the field of communications and public relations. Graduates of Purdue’s MS COMM program will be prepared for leadership positions in PR firms, ad agencies, non-profits, government organizations, and any other sector that values effective communication skills.

Some of the sample job titles you can earn with a master’s in communication include:

  • Marketing Communications Strategist
  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • Public Information Officer
  • Community Relations Liaison
  • Organizational Development Director

Amplify: Your Connections

Purdue University strives to help you foster valuable connections and is committed to your career growth. Purdue’s online MS in Communication program provides you with the opportunity to build strong professional relationships with your fellow classmates, who come from a wide array of professional backgrounds. Our students bring years of professional communications experience and are employed by such leading companies and organizations as:

  • United Way
  • NCAA
  • Boeing
  • Coca-Cola
  • Time Warner Cable News
  • John Deere

The professional networking opportunities available to you as student in Purdue’s online MS COMM program can help you establish valuable connections with current, former, and future communications leaders.

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With an online master’s in communication, you will gain vital knowledge in communication courses covering business, marketing, politics, organizational communications and public relations. A Master of Science in Communication from Purdue University equips you to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and gives you a firm understanding of tools and platforms available for today’s media.

Learn how earning your MS in Communication degree from Purdue University can prepare you to change the future with a highly specialized skillset. Call us today at 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions adviser or complete the request more information form and a representative will contact you right away.

Online Graduate Certificate Available

Quickly broaden your skillset to meet current communication needs with the online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management. Earn the certificate in as few as 24-weeks, and immediately apply your new skills to a range of fields.