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MA in Political Communication

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Master's Degree in Political Communication

Political communication drives politics today. Administered by AU’s schools of Communication and Public Affairs this program provides the expertise necessary to create, shape and manage information strategically to guide political communication and integrate new media.

Whether you want to be a communications director on a presidential campaign, a media consultant devising national grassroots outreach or advertising, or a leading public affairs strategist guiding your client through a crisis, the Master's degree in Political Communication is for you. Taught by leaders in their fields, this degree prepares you to navigate the exciting and changing landscape of politics and communication and gives you the necessary tools to make a difference today.

Combining the expertise and scholarship from the Schools of Communication and of Public Affairs and this degree provides you with the skills and knowledge from today’s leading communication practitioners and theorists. The 36 credit degree enables students the opportunity to choose from a variety of areas including speechwriting, social media strategy and tactics, political advertising, Women and Politics and the Institutes on Campaign Management and Public Affairs Advocacy. Leading political and communication professionals are frequent guest speakers in classes and provide information and networking opportunities for the students.

The program which began in 2010 is now in its fourth year and graduates are working in major communication, fundraising, polling and media organizations as well as in government and Capitol Hill.

Degree Requirements:


12 Credits in Communication

COMM 531 Political Communication
COMM 640 Principles of Strategic Communication
COMM 735 Communication Theory
COMM 738 Research Methods in Communication

12 Credits in Government

GOVT 620 Applied Politics and Public Policy
GOVT 536 Applied Political Writing
GOVT 520 Advanced Studies in Campaign Management
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GOVT 523 The Art and Craft of Lobbying

Capstone Course

COMM 744 Public Communication Seminar or Political Communication Seminar

ELECTIVE COURSES (9 credits)

Elective courses may be selected from the School of Communication or the School of Public Affairs. Sample elective courses include Political Speechwriting, Social Media Strategies and Tactics, Political Advertising, Women in Politics, Crisis Communication and the Press and Politics and the Media.

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