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Professional MA in Strategic Communication

Professors Pallavi Kumar and Scott Talan teach Public Communication at the American University School of Communication

MA Program One of Nation's Top Says PRWeek

PRWeek Magazine gave SOC's MA in Strategic Communication its second-highest honor in the Best PR Education Program of the year category. Judges called it a "great, rigorous program" and one judge said that “American will continue to be a player in this category.” PR Week announcement


Why join the Professional Masters Program in Strategic Communication?


The professional masters program is designed for the working professional who wants to take their career to the next level. The program prepares graduates for leadership roles in strategic communication for public and private sector organizations. Graduates become stronger advocates for their organization's strategic goals and objectives. They learn ways to effectively target audiences, ways to create compelling messages and best communication practices in a changing world of new media and evolving technology. This program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in the field of communication.

The curriculum for the Professional Masters Program in Strategic Communication is a blend of skills based and theoretical courses that will provide students with the knowledge and skills to pursue their passion. The program consists of ten courses spread out over a 20-month period.

Who should apply?

  • Mid-level communication professionals, with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience.

  • Social Media professionals looking to sharpen strategic communication skills.

  • Career changers from related fields including journalist looking to make the jump into PR and advertising or marketing professionals interested in learning more about strategic communication.

Funding is available for qualified applicants. Submit a complete application for admission including all supplemental materials by August 1 for priority consideration.

Benefits of the Weekend Program

Weekend schedule

You don’t have to put your career on hold

Cohort format

Unique networking opportunity to expand your professional network

Professional focus

You can apply what you learn in the program to your work, today!

You will share insights with other experienced professionals

What alumni say about the program

SOC Doug Wendt

"Participating in the weekend Public Communication graduate program empowered me with the knowledge shared by a first-rate faculty, and the connections achieved by engaging with other working professionals. These gave me a perspective that allowed me to establish my own communication firm which has grown to encompass offices in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. In short, the weekend cohort experience is second-to-none."
- W. Douglas Wendt, President, Wendt Partners

Amy Philpott, APR, Senior Vice President of  Communications, Watson/Mulhern LLC, Public Communication weekend program alumna

“The knowledge, skills and abilities that I gained from the graduate program in communications helped me move to the next level in my career. And the program was the perfect prelude to taking the accreditation in public relations (APR) exam, which has also made me more marketable in a competitive job market.”
– Amy Philpott, APR, Senior Vice President of Communications, Watson/Mulhern LLC