Strategic Communication Online Master's Program

The Strategic Communication Online Master’s Program is built to empower communications professionals to unleash their individual potential and seize opportunities better and faster. 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 the newest online master’s program offered by Michigan State University.

Application Q & A webinar Feb 26

Join Jennifer Trenkamp, Outreach Coordinator with the MSU StratCom program, and Rachel Iseler, Academic Program Coordinator at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, for a free graduate application overview Q & A webinar. We'll show you the steps of how to apply, as well as answer any questions you may have. 

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Our Courses

This online Master of Arts program requires nine courses (30 credits) and a capstone project. 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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Earn your master’s on your time, anywhere.

Danielle worked full-time while she pursued her Strategic Communication M.A. degree AND started a family farm with her husband! She did homework on tractors and in fields, fitting things in when she had time.

And in December, she graduated.

Join Danielle and other working professionals. 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.

The Nutshell

  • 100% Online
  • 1, 2 or 3 year tracks
  • Interactive weekly lessons
  • Three areas of specialization
  • Cohorts begin fall, spring & summer
  • Student, faculty and staff support

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Why Strategic Communication at MSU?

Strategic thinking is the number one job skill companies want in new employees but can't find, according to a 2016 Bloomberg Job Skills Report. The College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU is ranked a top five college in the nation for communication and media studies by QS Worldwide Survey. Our faculty have the knowledge and experience to prepare students for today's toughest communications challenges.

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 Strategic Communication M.A. Certificate 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 & Financial Aid

In-State Resident Graduate Tuition


$726.50 per credit hour x 30 credits

Out-of-State and International Graduate Tuition


$1427.50 per credit hour x 30 credits

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

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