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PRSA Partner: Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in Communication

The Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in Communication provides a cutting-edge curriculum that integrates digital technology with innovative strategic communication and strong writing skills. The program offers concentrations in public and media relations, political communication, health communication, digital communication, and corporate/non-profit communication.

The MA in Communication helps professionals advance or switch their careers. The majority of our graduates claim that the master’s degree helps with moving into a new position. Our alumni are senior managers in various organizations, such as government agencies, associations, non-profits, and corporations.

Students can earn their MA in Communication onsite — at our conveniently located Washington, DC Center or online. Most onsite classes take place on weekday evenings; a few occur on Saturday mornings. Students have a flexible course schedule and can start and continue their studies during the spring, summer, or fall. They have up to five years to earn their degree; most take about two years.

Our students come from diverse educational backgrounds such as Political Science, Biology, Psychology, and Sociology. The program admits students on a rolling basis. In general, prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications no later than two months before the start of the desired semester. As the exception, international students are encouraged to apply no later than 3 months before the start of the semester.

Students take 10 courses. They follow the strategic planning or research track. Students tailor their coursework to their needs, graduating with a balance of social science and practical skills.

Students who choose the strategic planning track take:

  • Research and Writing Methods
  • Three cores
  • Six electives

Students who choose the research track take:

  • Research and Writing Methods
  • Three cores
  • Five electives
  • Thesis

Required Courses:

  • Research and Writing Methods
  • Thesis (for research track students only)

Core Courses:

  • Introduction to the Digital Age
  • Changing Behavior through Communication
  • Media Effects
  • Persuasion
  • Applied Research
  • Practicum

Sample Elective Courses:

  • Public Relations in the Age of Digital Influence
  • Crisis Communication
  • Using Social and Digital Media
  • Opinion Writing
  • Branding and Advertising

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Career Opportunities:

Students and alumni have access to our exclusive LinkedIn group and Career Services Center. Career counselors help students develop a job search strategy, a resume, interviewing skills, and negotiation abilities.

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The MA in Communication offers a dynamic learning environment that is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, DC. Just two blocks from the Dupont Circle metro, we are able to facilitate a broad range of academic and professional development events, often in partnership with leading media and public relations organizations.

In a typical academic year, we offer panel events and guest lectures that connect students and build community. Events are frequently streamed online for the convenience of students who attend remotely. Whether you come to Johns Hopkins for professional or personal gain, you are embarking on a journey to become someone new. We make every effort to ensure our students gain the real-world experience and knowledge to succeed in this fast-paced industry. Click here to learn more about the exclusive features of the MA in Communication.

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