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Master of Science in Communication

Drexel’s MS in Communication allows students to pursue careers in a wide variety of professions. The program provides a strong foundation in theoretical approaches to communication, forming an intellectual framework that allows students to evaluate and implement new technology and media in the rapidly changing field of communication. The program emphasizes flexibility, and each student is encouraged to create his or her own particular plan of study.

Concentrations

The Master of Science in Communication program features four specialty concentrations:

Communication, Culture & Media

Communication, Culture and Media offers broad-based learning around the interaction of social forces and communication. Considered a stepping-stone to PhD programs or law school, this track allows students to build expertise in social theory, social media research, media effects, cultural studies, power and language.

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Public Communication

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

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./p>

The Concentrations in Public (PCOM), Technical (TCMM), and Science Communication (SCOM) are for students who want to prepare themselves for careers in professional, applied communication. In addition to receiving a solid foundation in theory and an understanding of the research process, students in the program will receive up-to-date skills-based training from experts currently working in the communication industry. Our unique, “workforce ready” program prepares students to succeed in the communication profession.

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Accelerated Degree Program

Accelerated degree programs enable academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s and an advanced degree, 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. For more information, students can contact your their undergraduate adviser, or contact Chrissy Vanella, Program Coordinator at 215.895.2524 or clv33@drexel.edu.

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Flexible Program

The Master of Science in Communication program is designed to fit the needs of its students. Courses can be taken full time or part time, and are offered both online and face-to-face. Over half of the credits for the program are graduate electives; this allows students to tailor their program to best meet their career goals and interests. Students can take graduate courses in the College of Computing and Informatics, the School of Public Health, LeBow College of Business, the School of Education, the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, and the Goodwin College of Professional Studies. Students can also use their elective credits to specialize in more than one communication concentration.

Here are examples of courses outside of our department that students can take to fulfill their program elective requirements:

  • PBHL 560 Issues in Global Health
  • PBHL 604 Public Health Advocacy & Activism
  • MUSL 670 Museum Communications & Marketing
  • ENVP 760 Social Change & Environment
  • ENVP 875 Environmental Justice
  • SCTS 615 The Biopolitics of Health
  • SCTS 620 Medicine, Technology & Science
  • INFO 521 Information Users & Services
  • INFO 522 Information Access & Resources
  • INFO 608 Human-Computer Interaction
  • INFO 621 Social Media Resource Design for Information Professionals
  • PUB 631 Publication Design: Print & Digital
  • PUB 635 Periodicals Publishing
  • TVMN 620 Audience Measurement
  • TVMN 630 Television Production
  • TVMN 660 The Social Impact of TV
  • TVMN 680 Management of News & Sports Programming
  • AADM 670 Audience Development

Degree Requirements

Students take 45 credits of coursework on the quarter system for the Master of Science in Communication; 21 of those credits are required courses, 24 are graduate electives. Graduate electives are courses numbered 500 or above across campus. In order to ensure that our students are “workforce ready,” students complete a professional exit portfolio, and they 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.

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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, but most students start Fall Quarter.

Our Students

Applicants to our programs come from a wide variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds, but the one thing that connects them is the desire to earn an advanced degree to work in the field of professional, applied communication. Whether they hope to work in the health care publishing, in public relations, or in the technical communication field, our program helps them understand and apply relevant theories and communication mechanics, with a specific emphasis on ethics and intercultural communication issues. Special topics courses, taught by instructors who are currently working in industry, allow us to offer up-to-date and relevant training.

Learn more about the degree in the course catalog