Communication and Leadership Concentration

Drive Results with High-Impact Communication

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Manage Change. Resolve Conflict. Lead Teams.

Position yourself as a leader with the skills to communicate across organizations when you leverage data analysis and strategic planning in your company communications.

Gain Career-Ready Skills

The Communication and Leadership concentration is comprised of 9 credits over 3 courses. By the end of the program you understand specifically how to:

  • Identify relevant theories and principles of leadership, organizational communication, and data-informed communications planning
  • Understand how communication can increase team productivity
  • Develop comprehensive internal and external communications plans
  • Construct a communications plan to achieve a leadership position in a marketplace
  • Advise peers and colleagues as they work through their own communication challenges
  • Identify communication strategies to communicate with executives when stakes are high and explain the role of leadership and culture in global strategic communication

Careers in Leadership Communication

Organizations everywhere are looking for capable and confident leaders to drive results with clear and effective communications. As communications tools and formats shift and change, the field is primed to continue growing at a rate of 6 percent through 2026.1 Jump in and put your skills to use in the industry of your choice.

Lead high-level communications initiatives internally and externally to ensure clarity, strengthen brand awareness, or meet other organizational goals with sound and effective communications strategy.

Average Salary: $85,7092 

Maintain an organization's reputation, and help define their chosen public ethos, with effective public relations. Manage press coverage and counteract crises on behalf of your company with strategic communications.

Average Salary: $85,1683

Additional job titles that apply to leadership communication include:

  • Internal Communications Director
  • Director of Marketing
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Director of Digital Marketing
  • Brand Manager
  • Executive Communications Manager
  • Media Director
  • Director of Public Affairs
  • Consultant
  • Communication Specialist

Concentration Courses

Take these two courses.

Choose your third course.

Learn More About This Program

If you’re curious about how the Communications and Leadership concentration in the online MS in Communications degree from Purdue could further your career goals, call us today: 765-496-0990 or request more information.


1 Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 April). Media and Communication Occupations. Retrieved June 7, 2019, from

2 Glassdoor (n.d.). Director of Corporate Communications Salaries. Retrieved June 7, 2019, from,36.htm.

3 Payscale (n.d.). Average Public Relations Director Salary. Retrieved June 7, 2019, from