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Master of Science in Communication

In our fast-paced world, communication across digital and print mediums is absolutely intrinsic to every industry and business. Talented and dexterous communication professionals who can deliver precise and efficient messages are in extraordinary demand.

Drexel University’s Master’s in Communication provides the skills and insider knowledge to manage communication for any organization, preparing you for an exciting, active career in a number of specialties:

  • Grant writing
  • Public relations
  • Technical writing
  • Science communication
  • Nonprofit communication
  • Journalism

Drexel students in the Master in Communication program will form a framework that allows them to evaluate and implement effective communication campaigns and strategies across platforms, utilizing current tools and new technologies specific to the rapidly changing field of communication.

Drexel MS in Communication Students Will:

  • Learn from outstanding faculty, who either hold a PhD or have rich industry experience
  • Gain a strong foundation in theoretical and practical approaches to communication
  • Have flexibility to create an individualized plan of study through 21 elective credits
  • Be involved in six months of relevant professional experience that translates into a career
  • Leave with an impressive digital portfolio of your work, a networking plan, a robust resume and a career-ready LinkedIn profile.

Flexible Program

  • Full or part-time coursework
  • Start the degree any quarter
  • Take courses online or on campus
  • Choose from electives across campus to create a tailored plan of study

Degree Concentrations

The Master of Science in Communication program features three concentrations:

Public Communication

Public Communication has much to offer those looking to work in journalism, public relations and nonprofit organizations. Students can choose from courses such as Event Planning, Sports Journalism, Public Relations Writing and Strategies, and Document Design and Evaluation.

Technical Communication

Technical Communication provides skills in technical writing, computer documentation and training to prepare students for careers in a wide range of industries, from social networking to publishing to health insurance. Students choose from courses such as Technical Writing, Technical and Science Graphics and Technical and Science Editing.

Science Communication

Science Communication leads to careers in medical, science and pharmaceutical communication. Students can choose from courses such as Science Writing, Medical Writing, Video Production for Science and Technology, and Ethics for Science and Technical Communication.

Degree Requirements

Students take 45 credits of coursework on the quarter system for the Master of Science in Communication; 24 of those credits are required courses, 21 are graduate electives. Graduate electives are courses numbered 500 or above across campus. In order to ensure that our students are workforce ready, students participate in a six-month, full-time internship. Matriculated students who come into the program with relevant work experience or who are working concurrently with their enrollment in the program are able to apply for an internship waiver.

Learn more about the the masters degree in communication in the course catalog

Careers in Communication

There’s no shortage of careers in the communication 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 communication opens the door to the following careers:

Master’s Degree in Communication 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

*Median salary figures via Bureau of Labor Statistics

Application Requirements

Students must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College at Drexel University. Students should have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0. For those students not meeting this minimum GPA, we recommend they take the GRE to demonstrate their academic aptitude for our program.

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from professional supervisors or academic instructors. Students are also required to submit a personal statement that describes their past and current professional and academic work, their career goals and how the Master of Science in Communication will help them achieve those goals.

Students can apply any quarter.

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ACCELERATED BS/MS DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION

Accelerated degree programs at Drexel enable academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s and an advanced degree at the same time, allowing them to graduate sooner than they would in traditional programs. Students in a number of programs at Drexel can complete their BS or BA degree and MS degree in five years by accelerating the completion of their undergraduate courses and taking graduate courses in their fourth and fifth years. Eligible students who want to obtain both degrees can typically save a year of time through an accelerated degree program.

Undergraduate students pursuing their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science at Drexel may apply for admission into the Accelerated BS/MS in Communication after completing 90 credits, but no more than 120 credits, toward their undergraduate degree. Qualified students can take graduate courses in their junior and senior years for undergraduate or graduate credit. Students need an overall GPA of 3.0 to apply to the program.

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