Communicate with Impact
Learn how to develop communication strategies that will achieve your organization’s goals and advance your career. Get a master’s degree in strategic communication.
What We Teach
Our students walk away with the critical thinking, analysis, and practical skills to create and execute content strategies that get real results. Our 48-credit curriculum covers research, planning, management, finance, social media, and more.
Because our courses are for working professionals, we offer them on evenings and weekends. Most students complete the program in two academic years (six 10-week terms), but you can negotiate a pace that works for you. The grid below shows when we offer required courses.
Mass Communication and Society (4): An introduction to graduate study in communication, with an emphasis on the major intellectual traditions and enduring issues in the field of strategic communication.
Foundations of Strategic Communication (4): This class offers students the opportunity to reflect on current communication in the workplace and to improve future communication skills.
Finance for Strategic Communication (2): This course focuses on the core basics of financial statements and their application for anyone working in public relations, advertising, marketing, and corporate communication.
Strategic Communication Research Methods (4): This is a practical, real-world research course, designed to give students methodological skills that can be applied directly in the workplace.
Introduction to Strategic Communication Marketing (4): This course approaches the practice of marketing from the perspective of the general manager.
Strategic Communication Research and Planning (4): This course focuses on the principles of research for the strategic management of communications programs and campaigns.
Strategic Marketing Communication (4): Explores the use of creative conceptual thinking as part of the strategic basis in successful communication campaigns.
Project Management and Planning (2): Explores problems and specialized skills needed in strategic communication management. Examples include crisis communication, creativity in business, corporate social responsibility.
Creativity in Strategic Communication (4): Explores the use of creative conceptual thinking as part of the strategic basis in successful communication campaigns.
Strategic Communication Management (4): Students will learn the essential elements of managing and leading groups and organizations.
Terminal Project (3)
Terminal Project (3)
Additional electives offered each year, including during weekends and the summer term.
Recent elective topics: Mobile Media Strategy, Social Media Strategy, Strategic Search Engine Optimization, Creativity as a Professional Asset, Corporate Social Responsibility
What It Will Cost
Full-time Oregon residents pay about $5,950 a term, for an average total program cost of about $35,700. Nonresidents and international students pay about $8,800 a term, for a program cost of about $52,800. Our program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill.
Where We’re Located
Our classes meet evenings and weekends at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center on the White Stag block in downtown Portland.
Come Visit Us
We encourage prospective students to visit our downtown Portland campus. Click below to sign up for one of our monthly information sessions or schedule a personalized visit.
Who We're Looking For
Most of our students are midcareer professionals in public relations, advertising, marketing, corporate communications, or related fields. But we also accept applicants with less experience who show talent, potential, and interest in content strategy. If you’re a critical thinker who wants to use communication to better your company, your community, or your world, we want to meet you.
How to Get Started
Our academic workshops are open to the general public. Contact the graduate program manager for more information.
Information sessions are held on the first Monday of each month. We can also schedule individualized visits at a time that works for you.