The Master of Arts in Communication offers practical and applied knowledge, taught by the social scientists who study effective communication and the practitioners who use it. Electives engage students by having them tackle real-life communication issues, develop usable communication skills, and build a strong portfolio. And industry experts bring real-world lessons, experience, and best practices to the classroom.
|Course Locations||Washington, DC; Online|
|Available 100% Online||Yes.|
|Entry Terms||Fall, Spring or Summer semester|
|Degree Requirements||Ten courses|
Please watch this recording of an online open house. It’s in two parts:
- For general information about the application process and financial aid: Click here
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Also, please watch this video, which gives a tour of an online course.
The Johns Hopkins MA 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, corporate/non-profit communication, and applied research in communication.
In our core courses, you’ll learn to conduct and read primary research to create powerful messages and design and implement the most effective communication campaigns possible. Combining best practices with what research shows is effective communication gives our Master of Arts in Communication graduates a competitive advantage in the workplace.
Students from anywhere can earn their MA in Communication on-ground or online. Those who live in the Washington metropolitan area can attend class on-ground at our Washington, DC center. Most classes take place on weekday evenings; a few occur on Saturday mornings. Our location is within walking distance from the Dupont Circle Metro stop, and reduced rate garage parking is available.
In addition, anyone around the globe can go online. Some students take all of their courses online, others are on-ground during one semester and online during another semester, and others mix on-ground and online during the same semester. Admission and course requirements for online are the same as that for on-ground. Students do not have to attend any courses, workshops, seminars, or other events on-ground. Students access their online courses through Blackboard on the web 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
The schedule is flexible. The MA in Communication degree requires at least 10 courses. Most students can start and continue their studies during the spring, summer, or fall. Those who work full-time can take one to two courses per semester, and those working part-time or not at all can take three to four courses per semester. Students can take up to five years to earn their degree; on average, they take about two years.
Dual MA in Communication/MBA
Interested in both communication and business courses? Learn about our dual MA in Communication and MBA degree.
Combined MA in Communication/Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Interested in both communication and nonprofit management courses? Learn about our combined MA in Communication and Certificate in Nonprofit Management program.
State-specific Information for Online Programs
Note: We currently are not accepting applications to the online MA in Communication from students who reside in Kansas. In addition, students currently cannot conduct internships in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, or Oregon. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
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