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Flexible Graduate Programs

SOC has multiple areas of study, a variety of degree options, and flexible schedules to fit your needs

Communication Studies

The Communication Studies division has partnered with the AU School of International Service to offer a unique interdisciplinary masters degree in International Media that prepares students to work as global strategic communication managers for U.S and international organizations. SOC is also offering a new, innovative PhD program in communication in which students will earn their doctoral degrees in three years.


The Journalism division offers an intensive, full-time 33-credit M.A. program with specializations in either Print or Broadcast Journalism. Professionals who want to earn an advanced degree while continuing to work full time may be interested in our weekend graduate program in Interactive Journalism, which focuses on reporting and producing multimedia and digital journalism. The MA in Media Entrepreneurship, offered in collaboration with the Kogod School of Business, is suited to innovators, managers and idea leaders who will pioneer fresh concepts for news and information.

Public Communication

SOC’s Public Communication division offers an M.A. in Strategic Communication in three formats: full-time, part-time, on weekends or online. The generous number of electives allow students to concentrate their degrees in specialized areas such as international or political communication, advocacy, or marketing. SOC's new Political Communication MA program, offered jointly with the AU School of Public Affairs, provides an understanding of the theory and practice of political institutions as well as the interaction between those institutions, the media and the public.

Film & Media Arts

Students in the Film and Media Arts division may choose to complete the MA in Film and Video or an MFA in Film and Electronic Media on full-time or part-time basis. As with our other degrees, graduate film students enroll in a substantial number of electives, allowing a degree of customization of the degree to fit their interests and career goals. Professionals who want to pursue careers in producing for film, video, television, and multimedia can complete a master’s degree while working full time through the MA in Producing for Film and Video to learn the business side of the film industry.

Weekend Programs

All of SOC’s weekend programs are made up of a cohort of 18 to 20 students who complete the degree in 20 months with classes held only on Saturdays. The cohort system provides a built-in support group with weekend students taking all 10 of their classes together.

Online Graduate Certificate Program

SOC's Digital Media Skills Certificate is offered entirely online, and is designed to meet the needs of professionals in a variety of fields interested in learning how to use social networking in the digital media landscape. Students are accepted into the program through two cohorts per year, starting in either March or October.


Degree options and requirements

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