Master of Arts in Communication

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Deepen your communication skills and propel your career in the media and communications field with a 100% online Master of Arts in Communication degree from Drake University.

Given the success of our on-campus Master of Communication Leadership program, where alumni have reported increased salaries of more than 50% after graduation, we are excited to now offer a fully online Master of Arts in Communication degree program. Taught by the same dedicated faculty as Drake’s on-campus programs, the online Master of Communication degree educates strategic, global thinkers with diverse media and communication skills to respond to an evolving media culture. The program can be completed in just one year and offers students the opportunity to align the curriculum with career goals by choosing one of three unique tracks – Communication Leadership, Brand Communication, or Public Affairs and Advocacy.

With multiple course starts and 6-weeks terms, this program fits seamlessly into your busy schedule. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to lead teams and to create communication strategies that will serve diverse populations.


The online Master of Arts in Communication program consists of 33 credit hours and provides students with a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education in communications and related fields, such as business, law, marketing, and public policy. For more information courses offered as part of the MA in communication program, review the full list of course descriptions. In addition to core SJMC courses, you can specialize your degree to meet your career goals in one of three high-demand tracks:

Brand Communication – Learn how to reach a target audience strategically, creatively, and effectively by building your digital media marketing skillset. Take foundational classes in research, professional ethics, advanced writing, innovation, digital strategies, and visual communication, then choose from a menu of electives to further specialize your degree in digital storytelling, business, law and public policy, leadership, or health and science.

Communication Leadership – Sharpen your leadership and multimedia communication skills with classes in research, leadership theory, professional ethics, innovation, digital strategies, and financial literacy. You can then customize your degree with electives in business, law and public policy, brand communication, or health and science.

Public Affairs & Advocacy – Learn how to navigate the world of politics, legislation, public policy, and advocacy with foundational coursework in research, professional ethics, advanced writing, public affairs and advocacy, speechwriting, and legislation. Then choose from a menu of electives in policy, business, leadership, brand communication, or health and science to prepare for a career that aligns with your passions.

About the School of Journalism & Mass Communication

The School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Drake University couples hands-on training in professional skills with a strong liberal arts education to prepare students to become leaders in their fields. Drake’s SJMC is committed to developing educated, successful professionals poised to start exciting careers in the fields of journalism and mass communication. In fact, for the class of 2016, 100% of SJMC graduates reported working in jobs within their fields, other professional jobs of their choice, or attending graduate school within six months of graduation.

Drake’s SJMC is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Drake is among 115 accredited programs worldwide, is the only accredited program in a private institution in the Midwest, and is one of only 15 in the nation. To earn accreditation, schools meet nine standards, which address such issues as class size and diversity within the faculty and curriculum. Accreditation reviews occur every six years. Drake’s program has been continuously accredited since 1972, most recently in 2017.