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Susan Ryan, who earned her online master’s in communication in 2016, working on her laptop. With text Susan Ryan '16.

Master's in Communication Online MA Degree Program

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Register By: April 15 Classes Start: April 17

Earn a Master's in Communication

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Complete in as few as 15 months, or at your own pace
  • Develop advanced communication skills
  • Learn from industry experts
  • 24/7 online accessibility – attend class when and where it's convenient

Master's in Communication Program Overview

Strong communicators are strong leaders. Whether you're looking to lead ad campaigns that drive customers to action, build meaningful community relationships for local nonprofits or seal business deals with executive leadership teams, a graduate degree in communication can help you build the skills and authority you need to advance your career.

“Just as the saying goes about every business needs an accountant, I think that no business exists without a communications professional," said Robert Krueger, an instructor in Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts (MA) in Communication program.

Virtually every profession values communicators who can shape messages with technology - and keep up with media as it evolves. This online master's in communication is grounded in the hands-on application of current communications practices, so you can immediately apply what you learn to your daily profession.

This 36-credit program isn’t your typical MA in Communication degree, steeped in traditional theory and research. Our master’s in communication online program has been newly designed for those pursuing a variety of exciting communication-related careers, including advertising, journalism, marketing, public relations and social media.

Learn how to:

  • Apply moral reasoning to make choices that meet accepted standards in the field of communication
  • Build an understanding of multiple strategic approaches to guide decision-making and solve business challenges
  • Engage a wide range of audiences effectively through an enriched sense of empathy and insight into global perspectives
  • Use multiple communication technologies and channels to collaborate and share ideas
  • Create, manage and grow an authentic personal brand
  • Apply knowledge, skills, and demonstrate a willingness to adapt and become an empowered agent of change

You'll build your skill set with coursework in areas like social media practices, reputation management, personal and corporate brand building, writing for digital platforms, ethics and marketing campaign design.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

Professionals with strong communication skills are always in demand, from internal communications to public relations and writing across broad platforms and industries. A master's degree can help position professionals in these areas to advance their careers, and even work their way up to leadership roles.

Na'Keevia Brown with the text Na'Keevia BrownWith her master's degree in communication almost complete, Na'Keevia Brown '21 said "my career aspirations now seem obtainable – I have learned so much and will take what I have learned and apply it to my career moving forward."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many occupations requiring these skills are projected to grow through 2030.1 These roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Public relations specialist. Acting as liaison between a company and the public, PR specialists are responsible for shaping brand perception by way of press releases, interviews, speeches and other media communications. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 8% job growth for public relations specialists through 2031, which is faster than the national average.1
  • Public relations and fundraising managers. Similar to PR specialists, public relations managers are responsible for media relations that can help maintain or improve brand image. Fundraising managers, on the other hand, are responsible for developing an organization's fundraising strategies, which may include building donor relationships, planning events and applying for grants (all tasks that require sophisticated communication skills). Job prospects for public relations and fundraising managers are set to grow 8% through 2031 – faster than the national average for all occupations.1
  • Advertising, promotions and marketing management. While there are a number of responsibilities that differentiate these roles, at their core, an advertising, promotions or marketing manager works with cross-channel teams to sell ideas, services and products. Job prospects for advertising, promotions and marketing managers are set to grow 10% through 2031.1
  • Market research analysis. Some might think that a communication degree limits you to less technical jobs – but that's not always the case. Market research analysts, for example, use data to make meaningful assessments about products, services and consumers. Job prospects for market research analysts are set to grow 19% through 2031 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.1

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Communication Degree

Courses & Curriculum

The Master of Arts (MA) in Communication program can help you develop media, marketing, branding and public relations skills essential in a wide range of industries. In the final capstone course, you'll use what you've learned to strategize and execute a real-life communication campaign. Courses are taught by experienced faculty with hands-on, real-world expertise.

Karen Wilkinson with the text Karen Wilkinson“We prepare students, so once they hit the job market, they are really able to soar,” said Dr. Karen Wilkinson, associate dean of liberal arts, communication and online instructor of graduate communication courses at SNHU. She is just one of many experts helping learners reach their goals.

"Students within the online master's program begin learning about effective messaging during the very first week of studies in COM-500: Communication, Media & Society," Wilkinson said. "In this very early stage of learning, students are introduced to established communication models and theories."

From there, you'll blend theory with practice by engaging in thoughtful discussion and examining real-world scenarios.

"Throughout the MA program, students utilize learning opportunities and hands-on experiences to shape messages that will deliver an impact via oral, written and visual means," Wilkinson said. "Students respond to a myriad of real-world scenarios and craft messaging solutions that inform, educate and enlighten."

Finally, the program may be topped off with an elective internship and required capstone, giving you an opportunity to add your voice to the field.

"The capstone experience offers a culmination of knowledge obtained throughout the program as students create a well-researched and creative communications plan to deliver an effective message via a comprehensive and strategic approach."

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.