MS in Communication Overview Virtually every industry today has a need for strong, effective communicators. Drexel's MS in Communication program provides students with the tools they need for professional careers in the corporate world as communication specialists. Today, the biggest challenge for any corporation, organization or institution is getting the right message to the right people through the right medium. Technical Communication - For careers as technical writers, computer documentation specialists, and training specialists Public Communication - For careers in journalism and public relationsProgram Features and BenefitsRelevance - You'll gain the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for careers in public relations, journalism, science and technical communications through a combination of traditional journalism courses and courses that will expand your understanding of the world, advances in technology and the impact of the media. Flexibility - You can attend full time or part time, and can begin the program in any academic quarter. Classes are available online 24/7. Career-Oriented - You'll develop a professional portfolio for use outside of the university setting and participate in six months of internship to gain experience in communication related fields Outstanding Faculty - Over 90% of Drexel University faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field. Highly Interactive - Online method designed to challenge and engage while remaining convenient for working professionals PortfolioAs a final graduation requirement, each student must submit a professional exit portfolio. Based on coursework and professional assignments, the portfolio undergoes a rigorous process of review by faculty members and by a professional outside the university. Curriculum Required Courses COM 500Reading & Res Communication3.0COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0Electives*24.0Required Concentration Courses15.0Students must select and complete one of the following concentration options: Technical Communication COM 510Technical Writing COM 570Technical and Science Editing COM 612Ethics for Science and Technical Communication COM 620Message Design and Evaluation COM 630Software Documentation Public Communication COM 613Ethics for Public Communication COM 635Electronic Publishing COM 650Telecommunications Policy in the Information Age COM 663Event Planning COM 680Public Relations Writing and Strategies Total Credits45.0*Any appropriate graduate course offered in the University can serve as an elective if the student has sufficient background to take the course. In addition, the program offers its own elective courses including special topics (COM 690). Qualified students may also pursue independent study for elective credit in special cases.View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A bachelor’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college or universityGRE scores are not required, but are recommended for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0Required DocumentsA completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo professional letters of recommendationA 1500 word essay explaining why you wish to enter the programResumeAdditional requirements for International StudentsHow to Submit Supporting Documents Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $1123 per credit. This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military. Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2014 September 22, 2014 December 5, 2014 December 8, 2014 December 13, 2014 Winter 2015 January 5, 2015 March 16, 2015 March 17, 2015 March 21, 2015 Spring 2015 March 30, 2015 June 8, 2015 June 9, 2015 June 12, 2015 Summer 2015 June 22, 2015 August 29, 2015 September 1, 2015 September 5, 2015 Apply today for a MS in Communication Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! Any problems? Find help or contact us.