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MS in Communication – 100% Online

Complete your degree in just 20 months!


Earn your online Master of Science in Communication from a pioneer in modern media. Gain industry-leading insight, integrity and expertise — all within a convenient, online curriculum at Purdue University's Brian Lamb (founder of C-SPAN) School of Communication.


You'll acquire the knowledge necessary to craft powerful, effective messaging in any medium while harnessing today's tools and tomorrow's technologies to connect with local, regional, national and global audiences.

Winner of the 2017 John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program Award

Online Learning Consortium

# 5 University Ranked in the Top Public Universities in the U.S.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

You'll gain the critical-thinking and practical skills required to communicate successfully in the modern, ever-evolving world of media.

 

Program Concentrations

The program offers four optional concentrations that speak to the urgent demands of the industry.

  • Strategic Communication/Public Relations
    Understand and overcome the key issues in managing organizational relationships with stakeholders and the global challenges associated with strategic communication initiatives. You'll develop communication strategies tailored to the unique needs of specific publics and facilitate effective responses to organizational crises.
  • Integrated Communication and Advertising
    Understand the need and how to engage all organizational stakeholders to develop effective messaging strategies that reflect the integration of advertising, marketing and public relations, then create plans and branding initiatives with persuasion theory and best practices.
  • Communication and Leadership
    Identify communication strategies when the stakes are high and learn how you can increase team productivity through communication. You'll develop data-fueled communication strategies and manage the challenges that occur naturally throughout conflicts, negotiations and change.
  • Health Communication
    Learn how to communicate within the increasingly complex healthcare industry. You'll improve communications with internal and external teams, including industry stakeholders, patients, providers, payers and government agencies while learning to address advocacy issues.

You may also opt to fully customize your degree by choosing seven elective courses. Download the free brochure on the right for details.

 

An Affordable, World-Class Education

Purdue University is committed to providing a world-class education within the reach of all students.

Current Tuition Rates for Online Masters in Communication Program

In State*Out of State*
Cost per Credit$451.20$751.20
Total Cost of Program$15,600$24,600

* Annual increases may change the total program cost. Tuition rates subject to change without notice.

 

A Program Designed for Professionals

Courses are fully online and require no mandatory login times. The convenient eight-week modules allow you to complete your degree in as few as 20 months.

Which 10 Courses Appeal to You?

Course Descriptions: Core Courses

COM 60111 Seminar in Strategic Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 60411 Seminar in Communication Research Methods (3 credit hours)
COM 61011 Strategic Communications and Ethics (3 credit hours)


Course Descriptions: Strategic Communication/Public Relations Concentration

COM 60211 Seminar in Global Strategic Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 60311 Seminar in Crisis Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 60911 Strategic Public Relations (3 credit hours)

 

Course Descriptions: Integrated Communication & Advertising Concentration

COM 64011 Seminar in Advertising (3 credit hours)
COM 64100 Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 64200 Persuasive Communication (3 credit hours)


Course Descriptions: Health Communication Concentration

COM 65500 Health Advocacy (3 credit hours)
COM 67000 Healthcare Communication (3 credit hours)

Then choose one of the following courses:

CSR 687 Public Health Administration (3 credit hours)
HK 57601 Theoretical Foundations of Human Behavior (3 credit hours)
HK 675 Design and Analysis of Public Health Interventions (3 credit hours)
HSCI 547 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)


Course Descriptions: Communication and Leadership Concentration

COM 60811 Leadership and Global Strategic Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 65000 Communication and Leadership (3 credit hours)

Then choose one of the following courses:

CSR 68700 Public Health Administration (3 credit hours)
ENGT 50700 Fundamentals of Collaborative Leadership and Agile Strategy (3 credit hours)
HTM 51200 Leadership in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit hours)


Course Descriptions: Elective Courses

Students in the general MS in Communication select seven elective courses while students in the MS in Communication plus a concentration select four elective courses. Courses in concentrations listed above cannot be counted twice.

 

COM 60211 Seminar in Global Strategic Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 60311 Seminar in Crisis Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 60511 Strategic Communication and Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
COM 60611 Seminar in Financial and Investor Relations (3 credit hours)
COM 60711 Strategic Communication and Fundraising (3 credit hours)
COM 60811 Leadership and Global Strategic Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 60911 Strategic Public Relations (3 credit hours)
COM 62111 Strategic Communication and Social Media (3 credit hours)
COM 62511 Survey Design, Analysis and Reporting for Strategic Communication  (3 credit hours)
COM 64011 Seminar in Advertising (3 credit hours)
COM 64100 Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 67600 Healthcare Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 64200 Persuasive Communication (3 credit hours)
COM 65000 Communication and Leadership (3 credit hours)

A Faculty of Industry Experts

The online Master of Science in Communication's award-winning faculty includes:

  • Chief communication officers
  • Fortune 500 strategists
  • Organizational directors
  • Ph.D.s

 

Amplified Career Opportunities

Steady projected job growth and top recruitment rankings mean stronger job opportunities with an online MS in Communication from Purdue. Communication jobs are expected to continue to grow at a healthy pace through 2024 at nine percent.*

 

GRE not required to enroll.

 

Online Graduate Certificate Available

Quickly broaden your skill set to meet current communication needs with the online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management. Earn the certificate in as few as 24 weeks and immediately apply your new skills to a range of fields.

 

Complete the form to learn more.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Public Relations Specialists. Retrieved on May 28, 2019, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/public-relations-specialists.htm

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"I delayed applying for graduate programs for ten years after getting my BA because I thought I’d never have enough time — I work full-time at a job that requires quite a bit of travel, and going to school in-person was never really an option. Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication allowed me the opportunity to complete my degree when it was convenient for me, without compromising the quality of education."

— Cathy Whitlock, Director of Online Communications at the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF)