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  • MS in Communication

    Follow a career that values conversation over chatter

    In our fast-paced world, communication across digital and print mediums is absolutely intrinsic to every industry and business. Talented and dexterous communications professionals who can deliver precise and efficient messages are in extraordinary demand.

    Drexel University’s online MS in Communication provides the skills and insider knowledge to manage communications for any organization, preparing you for an exciting, active career in a number of specialties:

    • Digital Media
    • Grant Writing
    • Journalism
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Science Communications
    • Social Media
    • Technical Writing
    • And many more


    • Public Communication (full and part time)
      Prepares you for careers in journalism, public relations, and nonprofit communication. Choose from courses such as Event Planning, Investigative Journalism, Grant Writing, Strategic Social Media Communication, and Public Relations Planning.
    • Science and Health Communication (part time only)
      Prepares you for careers in the medical, science, and pharmaceutical fields. Choose from courses such as Science Writing, Medical Journalism, Document Design and Evaluation, Public Health Campaigns, and Ethics.

    Program Features

    • Graduate with an impressive portfolio of work
    • Elective options to diversify your expertise
    • Six month internship to gain professional experience (optional for those with full-time professional communication experience)
    • Hands-on expertise that immediately translates to your career
    • A nuanced understanding of media, technology, and semiotics

    Drexel University online program benefits

    • Flexibility: Begin the program during any academic quarter, with classes available online 24/7.
    • Outstanding Faculty: Over 85% of Drexel University faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field.
    • Highly Interactive: Online instruction designed to challenge and engage, while remaining convenient for working professionals.

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    The Future of Communications

    Content delivery is on the tip of every leading organization these days. It’s the concept of reaching, informing, and converting prospective clients. Not to be confused with traditional marketing or outreach, modern content delivery means creating a robust, intertwined communications network that serves as a holistic hub of an organization’s brand message, objectives, and greater utility.

    Many professionals point to the rise of digital news and social media as the tipping point of accelerating modern content delivery. Consumers today rely on a vast network of news, cultural, and social sources to gather information and communicate with each other.

    Today’s communications professionals must, therefore, be especially adaptive, well-rounded, and quick-thinking. A useful and powerful communications education must also be the same. Graduate degrees in communications are abundant, but few offer the type of multi-faceted, holistic approach the industry demands.

    There’s no shortage of careers in the communications field. From working in public relations and media, to helping clients with digital marketing strategies, companies of all sizes need savvy professionals dedicated to new media. A graduate degree in communications opens the door to the following careers:

    Master’s Degree in Communications Average Salary

    Professional Role

    Median Salary

    Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers


    Public Relations and Fundraising Managers


    Technical Writers


    Public Relations Specialists


    Media and Communications Specialists


    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Drexel’s MS in Communication provides the option to specialize in specific fields for nuanced expertise. The online program also offers a wide breadth of electives to give you an advanced understanding of how today’s abundant variety of media correlate and interact every minute of every day.

    Today’s content delivery network is constantly shifting and evolving. A graduate communications degree program must do the same to keep graduates rising to the top of the industry.

    Whether you’re beginning a new direction or advancing your career, an MS in Communication earned online with Drexel University will help you find and harness your voice.

    Non-Matriculated Option

    Interested in applying as a non-matriculated student? Select "Non-Matriculated – College of Arts & Sciences (Online)" as your program of interest on the online application. Official transcripts are required. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Up to 15 credits can be transferred into the program (all transferred credits must be approved by Drexel). 

    The curriculum and course descriptions for this program can be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Preferably a GPA of 3.0.
      • If your GPA is below 3.0, we recommend you submit GRE scores with your application. GRE scores are evaluated based on your performance in the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections. If GRE scores are not available, you are still encouraged to apply.
    • Note: All applicants are evaluated holistically with consideration to writing skills, relevant professional experience and academic aptitude.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • A 750-1000 word essay that describes your past and current professional and academic work, your career goals, and how the Master of Science in Communication will help you achieve these goals 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $1342 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 11, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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