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Strategic Communication Online Master's Program


The Strategic Communication Online Master’s Program is a professional degree built to empower communicators to unleash their individual potential. 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.

Now accepting applications for Summer 2020. Application deadline is NOW April 15.

Our Courses

This online Master of Arts program requires nine courses and a capstone project (30 credits). Courses are taught by leading communications faculty and re-tooled to provide an excellent online learning experience, giving students the flexibility they need to accommodate a busy life and the rigor they need to be able to succeed. 

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Our Students

Students in the MSU StratCom program work for Herman Miller, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, NASA, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Amazon, Whirlpool, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, network affiliate TV stations, U.S. government and more. 

Learn more about MSU StratCom graduate Dan Peake, who works at GM.

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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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.

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Fast Facts

Fast Facts

  • 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

Grab this one-page PDF with overviews of certificate tracks and the entire program. It's a great resource you can use to start to map out your graduate education journey. Enter your info below and check your inbox.

Why Strategic Communication at MSU?

The MSU StratCom program can help you become the communications leader employers are looking for. According to 2019 LinkedIn and Forbes reports, some of the most desired skills of employees are: communication, social media, digital media, social media measurement, strategic planning, organizational leadership and strategic thinking. The MSU StratCom program helps meet these marketplace demands with courses in areas of organizational communication for leadership, media analytics and digital media. Meet our dean, Dr. Prabu David, and learn why we created the program.

Certificate Programs

The marketplace has demand for sub-areas of expertise that would benefit working professionals wanting to upgrade their knowledge and skills. ComArtSci can now meet these needs through our MSU StratCom Program. We have created three 9-credit, 3-course certificates, providing a world-class professional development opportunity for individuals to enhance their communication skill set. 

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Tuition (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

In-State Resident Graduate Tuition


$785.75 per credit hour x 30 credits

Out-of-State and International Graduate Tuition


$1,544.00 per credit hour x 30 credits

*For a detailed breakdown 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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