Master of Arts in Communication

Amplify Your Expertise

Lifelong Learning for a Lifetime of Success

Boost your earning potential and career opportunities in as little as one year with Drake’s 100% online Master of Arts in Communication degree.

Program Details: 1-2 years | $663 Cost per Credit | 33 Credit Hours

Given the success of our on-campus communication master’s program, where alumni have reported increased salaries of more than 50% after graduation, we are excited to now offer a 100% online Master of Arts in Communication degree program. All six-week courses are asynchronous, which means you can study when and where it works best for you. There are no in-person requirements or scheduled online class meetings.

Taught by the same dedicated faculty as Drake’s on-campus programs, the online Master of Communication degree consists of 33 credit hours and can be completed in just one year. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides a well-rounded education in communications and related fields, including business, law, marketing, and public policy. Students can align their degree with their career goals by choosing one of these three unique tracks:

Brand Communication – Learn how to reach a target audience strategically, creatively, and effectively by building your digital media marketing skillset.

Communication Leadership – Sharpen your leadership and multimedia communication skills with classes in research, leadership theory, professional ethics, innovation, digital strategies, and financial literacy.

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.

With multiple course starts and 6-week terms, Drake’s online communication master’s 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.

MAC 201: Communication Leadership Strategies was a stimulating course. It provided exposure to materials and strategies that caused me to make immediate changes in my business and personal life. I grew tremendously by making informed decisions about how I can better lead.” -Alisa, Drake University Online Student

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit your official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities.
  • Submit contact information for two professional recommendations.
  • Personal essay specific to your track focus. Learn More.

About the School of Journalism & Mass Communication

The School of Journalism and 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. Close to 100% of SJMC graduates in recent years have 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 117 accredited programs worldwide, is the only accredited program in a private institution in the Midwest, and is one of only 18 in the nation. To earn accreditation, schools meet eight 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.