Graduate Degrees in Communication

Career Options with This Degree

At this level, students complete many of the same tasks as they may have done with just an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, but with a higher level of responsibility. Those with master’s degrees in communication often work in leadership positions, as managers or department directors. With an educational background in communication, students can work in a number of fields, such as social networking and public relations, journalism, and television. A master’s degree gives students the skills to advance to a higher level in whatever career field they have chosen.

Average Salary of Degree Holders

The exact amount students receive depends largely on their position and employer. Keep in mind that larger companies and government departments typically can afford to pay their communications employees more money than smaller companies.

Coursework Required to Obtain This Degree

Many colleges that offer master’s degrees in communication allow students to choose one area of specialty, such as business or technical writing. The coursework students take cover some general communications topics, but many of their classes are centered on the specialty they choose. Students learn advanced skills in their field, as well as take upper-level classes in areas just as mass media, Internet technologies, and marketing. Every college degree program is different, so the exact courses students take depend on the college they attend. Students can also get a master’s degree in another area too through a dual degree program, so they can work in a specialized field like public health communications or communication education.

Journalism Schools and Degrees

Full Sail University — The MS in new media journalism from Full Sail University allows journalists to keep their skills sharp all while meeting the demands required by today's media consumers. The degree program combines traditional methods of journalism with emerging technology. You'll learn how to produce multimedia content, use social media to engage audiences and promote your work, and publish and distribute content across digital delivery platforms. Read more about Full Sail University.

Southern New Hampshire University — Southern New Hampshire University offers a MA degree in communication that combines courses in communication with a solid foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter careers in advertising, business writing, corporate communications, journalism, and more. Read more about Southern New Hampshire University.

Walden University — Walden University offers a Master of Science degree in communication that combines communication theory with practical skills. This particular degree focuses on journalistic aspects of new media, including Web publishing, online video, podcasts, Web conferencing, and more. Assignments consist of exercises reflecting the material and interaction with other students taking the same course.

Grand Canyon University — For the aspiring journalist, Grand Canyon University offers a BA in communications degree with three different specializations: digital film production, graphic design, and public relations. Students of the communications program are prepared to become leaders in the fields of media and communications.

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