Master of Arts in Strategic Communication


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From new classes to new jobs; new kids to new states, MSU StratCom has been honored to be on the professional and personal journeys of so many students and alumni since 2017. We celebrate five years of MSU StratCom and we look ahead to many more years of serving you -- our students.


The Strategic Communication Online Master’s Program is a professional degree built to empower communicators to unleash your individual potential wherever you are. The world of communications is not slowing down and neither should your career. Continue your path to becoming a leader in strategic and digital communications with our award-winning master's program.

Fall 2022 Application Deadline is August 1, 2022



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About the Program

Digital communications in all of its forms demands to be integrated strategically in advertising, public relations and media. With a master's degree in Strategic Communication from MSU, graduates should be prepared to:

  • Become a leader in driving the technology behind marketing.
  • Develop a digital marketing strategy.
  • Apply the latest digital innovations such as mobile, social media, location based services and big data to marketing campaigns.
  • Integrate marketing, advertising, sales and logistics across physical and digital channels.
  • Collect, analyze and interpret digital marketing data to inform decision-making.

According to a recent Forbes article, digital communication is one of the in-demand skills employers are looking for this year. The MSU StratCom program helps meet this skill and more marketplace demands with courses in areas of organizational communication for leadership, media analytics and digital media.

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  • 100-percent online
  • Minimum of three years of work experience
  • Minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • No GRE required
  • One-, two- or three- year tracks
  • Interactive weekly lessons
  • Three areas of specialization
  • Cohorts begin fall, spring and summer
  • Peer, faculty and staff support

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MSU StratCom Impact

"The role of communications professionals couldn’t be more critical than today. StratCom’s curriculum is relevant, providing the best tools, practices and thinking, and helped me confidently serve my organization and the communities we support during this historic year."  - Robyn Rosenthal, M.A. 2021, Communications Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

“It’s a great feeling to know you’re learning relevant knowledge that you can immediately execute in your career every day. The ability to enlist social media listening tools, new storytelling techniques and strategic messaging methods have made me stronger in my profession and a valuable asset to my clients and company."  - Christen Rochon, M.A. 2020, Integrated Account Manager, EW Scripps Company 

“It’s a living community, a family of people with whom you feel comfortable sharing your fears and struggles, your starts and finishes, your adventures and successes. But it has also been a wellspring of inspiration and courage to try new things in the service of others..." 
- Krishnan M. Anantharaman, M.A. 2020, Deputy Editor, PolitiFact

Learn more about the impact MSU StratCom has had since its launch in 2017.

Informational Webinars

Earn Your Master’s On Your Time, Anywhere.

While Ruth Castro pursued her MSU StratCom degree, she was serving her country as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Army AND was raising three kids. Obstacles arose, but none of them stopped Ruth from earning her degree on May 3, 2019.

Join Ruth and other working professionals looking to elevate their careers. Register for the next 30-minute Informational webinar and start your journey with us.

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Tuition (Approx.*)

In-State Resident Graduate Tuition


$817.25 per credit hour x 30 credits

Out-of-State and International Graduate Tuition


$1,605.75 per credit hour x 30 credits

*Subject to change. For a detailed breakdown and the most updated version of tuition and cost-per-credit hour, visit the MSU Controller's site.

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Most applicants will currently be in a communications role, with three or more years experience. 


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