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M.A. in Communication with Strategic Communication Specialization Online

Program Overview

Develop Strategies that Drive Growth.

The online Master’s in Communication with Strategic Communication specialization allows you to create and manage communication strategies for individuals, organizations, and diverse audiences.

The online Master’s in Communication with Strategic Communication specialization allows you to create and manage communication strategies for individuals, organizations, and diverse audiences.

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Understand the Complexity of Communication Processes, Events and Interactions

The online specialization in Strategic Communication provides you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking needed to explore a variety of communication issues. You will hone your ability to access credible information, analyze and evaluate messages and texts, create content, reflect upon social and ethical considerations and engage in effective communication across many platforms to accomplish the goals of individuals, organizations, and diverse audiences.

Career Outlook: The Need for Applied Communication

The M.A. in Communication with Strategic Communication specialization online program applies to a variety of careers—however, applied communication is a booming field, with more than 27,000 new jobs becoming available in media and communication occupations through 2028.1By acquiring both theoretical and applied communication knowledge that is informed by digital technologies, you will be equipped to be a well-rounded communication professional.

In the Strategic Communication specialization, you will prepare to advance in your field by exploring the nature of public relations, personal and organizational branding, the design of digital communications and the needs of diverse audiences. Various elective credit options allow for customization based on your career goals and aspirations.

Social Media Manager


As a social media manager, you will build and maintain a social media presence for a business or organization on multiple digital platforms. You will need to develop skills in Microsoft Office, email management, spreadsheets, presentations and public relations.2

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Manager


As a search engine optimization manager, you are responsible for making your company’s resources appear as a top result in an internet search. You might manage data, spreadsheets and web pages as part of this job.3

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Social Media Strategist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Planner/Buyer
  • Advertising and Promotions Manager
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
  • Content Producer


Core coursework in the online Strategic Communication specialization program includes the study of communication theory, research methods, ethics, and intercultural communication. In the Strategic Communication specialization, you will gain advanced knowledge of public relations, organizational branding and digital design. Ultimately, you will create effective communication messages using various digital and media platforms to accomplish the goals of diverse audiences.

Through hands-on applied learning, you will discover how to create effective communication messages for specific communities. You will also complete a culminating project, using what you have learned in a live, real-world application.


Tuition Details

This 30 credit hour program costs $850 per credit hour. We provide transparency on what you can expect to pay so that you can make an informed decision.


Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ online MA in Communication, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

The average student completes this online master’s program in 2 years, but some students can complete the program in 1.5 years. Students who require more flexibility can take longer to complete the program.

The applied communications field has massive utility for organizations across all industries and will remain essential as organizations compete in the ever-evolving landscape of emerging media. According to Burning Glass Labor Insights:

  • 23.2% job growth is projected for social media strategists over the next 10 years
  • Marketing managers with master’s degrees earn a median $97,100 annually, 19.3% more than marketing managers with a bachelor’s

This program is suited for those with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for emerging media who may be interested in areas such as:

  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Corporate communication
  • Leadership and organization development
  • Training and professional development
  • Human resources
  • Community affairs
  • Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Consulting
  • Media production
  • Social and digital media campaign coordination

Learn more about your career opportunities with Queens’ MA in Communication.

Previous work experience in communications is not required for this program. Due to the ever-evolving nature of applied communications, this program is best suited for those who view communications as a life pursuit, with the intention of remaining current with the industry over time.

The estimated total tuition is $25,500. Certificates in communication cost $12,750.

Note this estimate does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, loan fees, and other costs you might incur. Consider taking these costs into account when you budget for your school year.

Learn more about tuition for the MA in Communication and your financial aid options.

The program is offered in a flexible format that allows you to select either full- or part-time.

There are four core courses in the core M.A. in Communication curriculum. Following 12 hours of core requirements, you will take 18 more credit hours. You can choose a specialization in Strategic or Organizational Communication, both specializations, a combination of one specialization and electives or all electives.

Sample topics include organizational identity and branding, group & team dynamics, digital community engagement, creativity and networks and issues in intercultural communication.

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  1. (2019, Sept. 4). Media and Communication Occupations. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from
  2. (2020, Feb. 26). Average Social Media Manager Salary. PayScale. Retrieved from
  3. (2020, Feb. 21). Average Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Manager Salary. PayScale. Retrieved from