Online Master’s in Strategic Communication

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Two Unique Concentrations

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Be an Influence on Media

Professional Programs for Your Future

Gain the skills you need to succeed in the high-paced world of media with American University’s online MA in Strategic Communication. Based in the nation’s PR and political media capital, our program teaches you to connect creatively and strategically with audiences through targeted campaigns across the busy media landscape.

Learn from the same accomplished faculty who lead our on-campus communication program in Washington, D.C., named a top-five education program finalist by PRWeek for 2019. With AU, you can advance your communication career in business, marketing, politics, public relations, and anywhere strong writers and critical thinkers are needed.

With online programs from AU, you will have the flexibility to earn a degree with any type of schedule. You will learn new skills and expand your knowledge under the guidance of our experienced faculty, all while gaining valuable experience in the field of your choice.

Choose Between Two Unique Concentrations

AU’s Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program offers two paths of study to choose from, ensuring you’re exercising the skills that are most important to you.

Learn techniques for mobilizing and influencing audiences around political, nonprofit, and social causes.

Learn to use the latest technology in digital analytics to develop and refine your communications strategy and get the most from any communications campaign.

One Degree, Many Directions

The curriculum in the online master’s in strategic communication demonstrates the diversity in fields of study.

Principles of Strategic Communication

Examine the elements and principles of strategic communication with a focus on analyzing and developing communication campaigns, public opinion, and the media.

Research for Strategic Communication

Learn about quantitative and qualitative research methods in strategic communication by using research for planning and evaluating strategic communication initiatives and campaigns.

Communication Theory

Study relevant theories of public communication, including theories of interpersonal communication, persuasion, public relations, public opinion, mass communication, and traditional and new media.

Writing for Strategic Communication

Explore the relationship between audience, message structure, and medium through strategic writing. Students develop skills in drafting, editing, and polishing strategic communication writing products.

Realize Your Purpose

Paths of Communication

Businesses and organizations always need strategic communicators and are willing to pay for top talent. The median annual wage for public relations and fundraising managers, for example, was $118,430 in May of 2020.1 Other potential titles include:

  • Media Relations Manager
  • Publicist
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Media Outreach Coordinator
  • Campaign Manager

“As the world changes rapidly, students require versatility and efficiency in a program. Our strategic communications degree applies the principles and skills they learn in their studies to careers in business, government, health, politics, and social justice.”

– Jason Mollica, Program Director

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  1. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/public-relations-managers.htm

* School of Communication