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Degrees Offered in Communication

Enter the world of communication today.

Drexel University’s Communication programs provide broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience for countless careers in which communication skills are essential. Our graduates develop the foundational skills, industry connections and practical experience to position themselves at the forefront of the rapidly changing field of communication.

TYPES OF COMMUNICATION CONCENTRATIONS FOR BA OR BS DEGREES

The Communication degree at Drexel CoAS offers broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience in public relations, journalism, technical editing, and countless other areas where communication studies are essential. The program draws upon other disciplines in the social sciences to strengthen students’ sensitivity to different experiences and viewpoints, preparing them to succeed in a culturally diverse world, where ideas and technology change constantly. The Communication program offers four different types of communication majors:

  • Concentration in Public Relations (BA/BS)

    The Public Relations concentration covers a broad range of activities that help an organization and its publics communicate effectively using the power of PR to generate third-party influence. The curriculum includes PR writing, social media, crisis management, event planning, media relations, corporate, employee and customer communications. Students in the Public Relations concentration at Drexel are prepared to succeed in a world where hard-earned credibility is paramount.

  • Concentration in Journalism (BA)

    The Journalism concentration provides students with the skills and theoretical perspective they need to be a journalist in today’s swiftly changing media environment. An extension of the program's core curriculum, the concentration hones the student's ability to write, edit and produce professional content, while at the same time exposing the student to new and evolving aspects of the field. Among the courses in the curriculum are Investigative Journalism; Sports Journalism; Journalism, the Courts and the Law; Media Ethics; Digital Publishing and Social Media.

  • Concentration in Technical and Science (BS)

    The Technical and Science Communication concentration prepares students for careers in a wide range of areas, including technical writing for software or hardware products, proposal and grant writing, and research or writing in the fields of health, pharmaceuticals, medicine or science. Among the courses in the curriculum are Technical Writing, Science Writing, Designing and Publishing Promotional Material, Document Design and Evaluation, Software Documentation and Information Systems.

  • Communication Concentration (BA)

    The Communication concentration allows students flexibility within the communication major. This is particularly attractive for students who have an interest in communication but are not sure what area they want to pursue. Students will take all of the basic courses within the curriculum, while also having the opportunity to explore the range of offerings within our major and develop their own interests within the communication field.

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Communication (Accelerated BA/BS + MS)

The Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Communication allows academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree (two diplomas are awarded) in five years, saving a year of time by "accelerating" their undergraduate courses.

Eligible students can be admitted to the BA/BS + MS in Communication degree program in one of two ways: as an incoming freshman, or after completing a minimum of 90 credits but no more than 120 credits.

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COMMUNICATION MINORS CONCENTRATIONS OFFERED

Students minoring in Communication can specialize in Public Relations, Journalism, Technical and Science Communication, or Nonprofit Communication. Learn more about each degree emphasis below.

Communication (Minor)

The Minor in Communication equips students with skills that can easily be applied in any field they choose. Students can blend their interests by achieving a minor while completing their other degree requirements. The minor is designed to familiarize students with communication theory while providing training in print and electronic communication skills.

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Nonprofit Communication (Minor)

The minor in Nonprofit Communication provides communication theory and practice with skills training specific to the nonprofit sector. In addition to conventional coursework, this minor includes a practicum with a local nonprofit organization.

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COMMUNICATION MASTER’S PROGRAM (MS)

The Master of Science in Communication educates students on designing ethical, audience-centered, theory-based communications for the public, industry, media, government and non-profit organizations. Courses develop professional skills to produce, analyze and monitor print, digital and audio-visual communications in a global society. Professors draw upon academic training and industry expertise to help students apply theory and research in professional communication. The program specializes in three areas: Public Communication, Science and Health Communication, and Technical Communication.

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ONLINE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

Drexel University’s online Graduate Certificate in Public Relations (PR) focuses on the basic building blocks PR professionals need. Courses cover the foundations of public relations, PR writing, PR planning, and strategic social media communication. Whether you’re new to the public relations field, are trying to expand your knowledge of PR, or find yourself needing additional PR training in your current position, this certificate will help you build a strong public relations foundation.

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MASTER’S DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND MEDIA (MS)

The Master’s Program (MS) in Communication, Culture & Media is a great choice for academically oriented students who wish to learn the basics of research and theory in communication and media studies. This program is great whether you are looking to simply test the waters for further study or you intend to explore a personal fascination with mass media, mediated communication, cultural studies, social change and media. The program also encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the study of communication and media through faculty strengths in anthropology, communication, linguistics and sociology.

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DOCTORATE DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND MEDIA (PHD)

The PhD in Communication, Culture and Media is designed to develop innovative scholar/teachers who are able to impart theories and studies on the interaction of social forces and communication. The communication master’s program trains researchers in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to communication.

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APPLY FOR A DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION

Apply for a degree in Communication or visit campus to get firsthand information about a Drexel education. Contact us at skw@drexel.edu for more information.

Prospective Students

Please email coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!