Master of Science in Communication

Purdue University's online Master of Science in Communication is for professionals ready to excel in the dynamic field of communication. Tailor your degree with four concentrations and learn from industry experts. Develop branding, messaging and reputation management skills for success in the digital communication landscape. Our program accepts credit transfers from Purdue's graduate certificates in Strategic Communication Management or Communication and Leadership.

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Transform perspectives and shape narratives by honing your communication skills and learning to excel in the dynamic communication field.

Elevate your career with Purdue University’s online Master of Science in Communication program, tailored for working professionals and taught by industry experts. Customize your degree with four concentrations and gain practical knowledge in strategic communication that will help you excel in local, national and international business contexts.

Our program equips you with critical-thinking and strategic communication skills to amplify branding and messaging across platforms. Delve into topics like branding, digital media, marketing, social media, organizational communication and public relations, mastering the tools and platforms that define today’s media landscape.

Best Online Master’s in Communication Programs (Master’s in, 2023).
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Learning objectives include solving organizational problems, developing brands, influencing decision-making and effectively communicating with diverse audiences. Additionally, our graduate certificates in Strategic Communication Management and Communication and Leadership offer credit transfer options, providing flexibility and a pathway to further specialization. Transform your career with Purdue’s top-notch communication programs.

Choose from five concentration options:


  • Seminar in Strategic Communication
  • Seminar in Communication Research Media
  • Strategic Communications and Ethics
  • Strategic Public Relations
  • Strategic Personal Branding
  • Strategic Corporate Branding
  • Leadership and Global Strategic Communication
  • Seminar in Advertising
  • Introduction to Brand and Marketing Communication
  • Strategic Communication and Social Media.

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$520 per credit hour (In-State Residents)
$820 per credit hour (Out-of-State Residents)

30 Credit Hour total

Domestic students and permanent residents may qualify for the following types of financial aid:

Pursue Purdue’s #1-ranked online MS in Communication and experience the Purdue difference:

Affordable Prestige: Competitive tuition and a prestigious degree from a world-renowned university.

Customization: Four tailored concentrations to match your interests.

Relevance: Study emerging trends in PR, branding, social media, technology tools and more.

Fast Credentials: The master’s degree can be earned in as little as one year.

Career Outcomes

Unique Job Postings
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Top Job Titles

  • Directors of Development
  • Communications Specialists/Managers
  • Directors of Communications
  • Directors of Government Affairs

Top Industries

  • Colleges/Universities
  • Professional Schools and Junior Colleges
  • Government Agencies
  • Large Corporations

Source: LightcastTM (2023). Unique job postings for July 2022-2023. Projected growth for years 2023-2033.

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