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Master's in Communication Online MA Degree Program

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Register By: December 02 Classes Start: December 04

Earn a Master's in Communication

  • $637/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.

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.

What You'll Learn

  • Application of moral reasoning to meet industry standards
  • Strategic approaches to guide decisions & solutions
  • Engagement techniques for a wide range of audiences
  • Effective use of communication technologies to share ideas
  • Creation, management & growth tactics for personal brands

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

Na'Keevia Brown with the text Na'Keevia BrownProfessionals 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.

With 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."

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can expect to see a heightened demand for communication-related positions through 2031:1

  • Public relations specialists: 8% growth
  • Public relations & fundraising managers: 8% growth
  • Advertising, promotions & marketing managers: 10% growth
  • Market research analysts: 19% growth


In 2021, these communication-related positions earned the following median annual salaries:1

  • Public relations specialists: $62,800
  • Public relations & fundraising managers: $119,860
  • Advertising, promotions & marketing managers: $133,380
  • Market research analysts: $63,920

Understanding the numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors—like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

The beauty of a master's in communication lies in its versatility. Not only can the skills you learn throughout the program apply to a wide variety of roles like promotions manager and market research analyst, they'll also be useful throughout your career — no matter where it takes you.

Where Could You Work?

Public Relations Firms

Promote or create an intended public image for individuals, groups or organizations.

Civic Organizations

Oversee campaigns and events intended to bring in donations for an organization.

Consulting Services

Study consumer preferences and business conditions to assess potential sales.

Design Firms

Create visual concepts to communicate ideas that inform and captivate consumers.


Plan, coordinate and revise material for publication in books/newspapers or on the internet.

Advertising Agencies

Create interest among potential buyers of a product or service.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Communication Degree

What SNHU Students Are Saying

Riel Major '21

"SNHU is such a great school, and I loved my experience. I wasn't interested in furthering my education, but the option of studying fully online changed my mind. I'm happy I applied and achieved my 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."

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education 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.

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 $1,911 $637 $9,555 
(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:
Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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