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Online Master's Degree

Strategic Communications

Strategic Communications
Master of Science
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer exactly 6 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $514 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Develop leadership and management skills in public relations and communications.

The online master's degree in strategic communications at University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to prepare you for leadership positions in public relations and related communications fields. This project-based program provides realistic experiences that will develop your communications team management and leadership skills while deepening your understanding and ability to apply the theories, principles, and best practices that guide the profession of strategic communications today.

Total Credits Required: 36

Take the following courses in the order listed:

Foundation Course

  • (6 Credits, DCL 600M)

Core Courses

  • (6 Credits, MSC 610)
  • (6 Credits, MSC 620)
  • (6 Credits, MSC 630)
  • (6 Credits, MSC 640)
  • (6 Credits, MSC 670)

General Master's Degree Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
  • Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.

Additional Program-Specific Requirements

  • All courses must be taken in the order listed.
  • You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course.
  • The grade of C is not available for these courses.
  • The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022–2023 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help you prepare for leadership positions in public relations and related communications fields.

Larry H., Newark, NJ

PR Jobs
There are more than 270,000 public relations professionals in the United States.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | "Occupational Outlook Handbook" | April 9, 2021

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Industry Certification Exams

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Experience Recommended for Success

  • You are expected to have some familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • We recommend
    (0 Credits, ASC 601) if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
  • If you have not recently written professionally in a public relations or related communications field, we also recommend that you familiarize yourself with AP style. You will have access to the AP Stylebook once you have been accepted into the program and classes begin.
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