2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communications, MS

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Joel Kaplan
Interim Faculty
(315) 443-1429

Kelly Lux
Associate Director
(315) 443-2366


Amy Falkner; Barbara Fought; William Jasso; Dennis Kinsey; Stephen Masiclat; Kevin O’Neill; Dan Pacheco; Adam Peruta; David Rubin; Brian Sheehan; David Sutherland; Corey Takahashi; James Tsao


The online M.S. in Communications offers an in-depth study and experience with digital systems, strategies, and emergent trends critical, along with foundational knowledge in media law, applied research, theory and practice essential for successful leadership in the changing media industry. The program is intended for students with bachelor’s degrees and/or backgrounds in media and communications, journalism, public relations, advertising, media business management, and related fields. Students may choose from three secondary focus tracks: Journalism Innovation, Public Relations, and Advertising.

Part-time study:

This is an online program that may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Student Learning Outcomes in Communications

Students in the Communications Master’s program are expected to achieve the following educational goals:

  • Identify the principles and laws associated with free speech and press for the US, as well as compare the American system of freedom of expression with others around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.
  • Apply theories and concepts of design and visual communication to the use and presentation of images and information.
  • Conduct research and/or evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions.
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in tactical application of insights driven by research.


Requirements: Core Courses (18 Credits)

The online M.S. in Communications is a 33-credit hour program (ten 3-credit online courses and 3 credit hours of residencies).

Secondary Tracks (Complete One Track, 9 Credits)

Courses are listed in the order they should be taken.

Residencies (3 Credits)

Total Credits: 33

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