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MA in Communication

Those aspiring to an advanced career in public relations, corporate communications, advertising, or a related area might prepare for their professional goal by studying in Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in Communication program. Read more about this master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Communication

school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

The curriculum of Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in Communication program provides students with the opportunity to study managerial strategies and practices in areas of media relations, brand management, marketing, and public relations. Course topics that could be addressed in the core curriculum include communication theories, social media tools, organizational leadership, visual communications, mass communications, and legal and ethical issues in communications, such as

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the Master of Arts in Communication program must possess a bachelor's degree and may have strong writing, creative, and organizational skills. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high censorship and freedom of speech. All students of this program are required to choose an area of concentration from those offered in health communication, public relations, or new media and marketing. If a concentration is not chosen, students must select four electives from among the courses offered in the concentration areas. The design of a communications campaign is required in the program's final capstone course.

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Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Communication:

Core Courses

  • COM 500: Communication, Media, and Society
  • COM 510: The Vantage Point: Knowledge and New Media
  • COM 530: Law and Ethics: A Line in the Sand
  • COM 540: Second Self: Identity and Personal Brands
  • COM 600: Communication for Leadership
  • COM 610: More than Words: Communication by Design
  • COM 620: Strategic Communication in a New Age
  • COM 690: Communication Capstone

Concentration Courses

Students select one of the following concentrations or any four of the following courses:

Health Communication Concentration Courses

  • COM 575: eHealth and Technology
  • COM 576: Health Communication and Culture
  • COM 577: Healthcare Ethics
  • COM 578: Contemporary Public Policy and Strategy

Public Relations Concentration Courses

  • COM 655: Reputation Management: Building a Brand
  • COM 656: Spread the Word: Social Media Practices
  • COM 657: Crisis Communication in a 24/7 World
  • COM 658: Integrated PR Campaigns and Management

New Media and Marketing Concentration Courses

  • COM 565: Communication with Media Technology
  • COM 566: Pen to Platform
  • COM 567: Digital Tools and Teams
  • COM 568: New Media Campaign Design and Marketing

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After earning Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in Communication, graduates could begin to explore directorial or executive positions in the communications or public relations departments of nearly any type of business. They might also seek these opportunities in public relations firms, advertising firms, or media consulting companies.

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