Master of Science
Communication, Culture & Media
The Master of Science in Communication, Culture and Media (CCM) is a great choice for academically oriented students who wish to learn the basics of research and theory in communication and media studies,. Students have the opportunity to test the waters for further study or explore a personal fascination with mass media, mediated communication, cultural studies, social change and media. The Communication, Culture and Media program also encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the study of communication and media through faculty strengths in anthropology, communication, linguistics and sociology. Graduates of this program have career opportunities as web content managers, brand strategists, media planners, policy analysts and much more.
The Master of Science in Communication, Culture and Media requires 45.0 credits of graduate-level coursework and a major research or critical paper that has come out of the student’s work while in the program. The communication master’s program can be completed part time in approximately three years, or full time in five terms (just under a year and a half). Almost half of the credits in the program are electives, allowing students to tailor their program to best meet their career goals and interests.
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The Master of Science degree in Communication, Culture and Media (CCM) at Drexel educates thinkers across disciplines with research skills and a strong theoretical grounding. Master’s students explore topics as broad as conflict morality, new media, mobilities and consumer culture with opportunities to develop their own research projects. Drawing on faculty strengths in communication, linguists, sociology and anthropology, the program emphasizes creative, mixed-method approaches to the discipline of communication.
Students in our CCM Master of Science degree program gain critical academic and communicative skills that are in high demand across a variety of media communication roles. In addition, the masters degree provides excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing the doctoral (PhD) program. Drexel CCM students have the opportunity to take courses across many of Drexel’s colleges: the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Dornsife School of Public Health, LeBow College of Business, School of Education and more. These interdisciplinary course offerings allow students to tailor their studies toward specific media and communication jobs.
- Theoretical Application — CCM master’s students explore theory in light of real-world applications, expanding insight and formulating new ways of engaging with the field of communications.
- Intellectual Inquiry — Facilitated by CCM's knowledgeable faculty and small class sizes, students develop intellectual curiosity through in-depth discussions and debates.
- Quantitative Research Skills — In our world of big data, quantitative and analytical skills are vital to gaining new insights. CCM courses provide students with the quantitative research tools and skills they need to scientifically apply their intellectual curiosity.
- Qualitative Research Skills — Communication between individuals, groups and societies contains a wealth of information not captured by numbers or formulas. CCM courses teach the skills required to analyze all levels of interaction through nuanced qualitative techniques.
- Critical Analysis — To change our world, students must understand the many different systems and layered dynamics that compose it. Drexel's CCM program equips students with a firm knowledge base of communications and the ability think critically about its effects on our world.
Drexel’s Master’s in CCM degree applies to many media communication jobs and transferrable across a wide variety of sectors.
- Media Planner
- Web Content Manager
- Program Researcher (broadcast/film/video)
- Brand Strategist
- Media Analyst
- Political Campaign Manager
- Social Media Manager