On Dec. 14, 21 students from the Michigan State University Strategic Communication master’s program will earn their degree.
This marks the first full cohort to graduate from the two-year-old online master’s program. Two students graduated from the program earlier this year.
Started in 2017, the MSU StratCom program was designed to be a practical educational experience for working professionals looking to make an impact in both their personal and professional lives. What they learned one day in class could be applied to their jobs the next day.
The MSU StratCom program features courses that focus on crisis communication, message development, persuasion techniques and social media strategy, among other topics, that give a broader, strategic look at effectively communicating.
Earlier this year, MSU StratCom was ranked the No. 3 Best Online Master's Program in Media Communications by TheBestSchools.org.
For students like ShaDonna Crosby, who’s graduating this month, earning her MSU StratCom master’s has been an empowering experience; one that has already included a promotion at work.
“I feel so proud, and so excited, not only for graduation, but also where we go from here. What I decide to do next, what I can do next, because of what I’ve gotten in the program right now,” Crosby said.
Program director Jason Archer says this MSU StratCom graduation – and the success of the program – is a result of four years of planning, listening, preparing and building as well as leadership and foresight by Prabu David, dean of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences.
“Personally, I’ve been with these students from the beginning,” Archer said. “It will be an emotional day for me as I think about something we’ve dreamed about becoming reality and see those 21 students receive their diplomas from MSU.”
The next MSU StratCom cohort begins Jan. 7. More information on the program can be found at stratcom.msu.edu.