Application Deadlines

Why apply early? An early application increases your chances to obtain early enrollment incentives and scholarships offered by the School of Journalism and Communication. Apply by November 15 to be eligible to receive $500-$1,000 off tuition.

Fall 2019
Priority Deadline

Apply by:
November 15, 2018

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Fall 2019
2nd Round

Apply by:
February 15, 2019

Fall 2019
3rd Round

Apply by:
May 15, 2019

Fall 2019
4th Round

After June 15th,
applications will be accepted
on a space-available basis.

What You'll Learn

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.

Our courses are designed 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.

Fall Term

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.

Elective (2)

Winter Term

Quantitative 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.

Communication Ethics in the Digital Age (4)

Elective (2)

Spring Term

Qualitative Research Methods (4): This course focuses on the principles of research for the strategic management of communications programs and campaigns.

Introduction to Strategic Communication Marketing (4): This course approaches the practice of marketing from the perspective of the general manager.

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.

Fall Term

Creativity in Strategic Communication (4): Explores the use of creative conceptual thinking as part of the strategic basis in successful communication campaigns.

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.

Elective (4)

Elective (2)

Winter Term

Strategic Communication Management (4): Students will learn the essential elements of managing and leading groups and organizations.

Elective (2)

Terminal Project (3)

Spring Term

Terminal Project (3)

Elective (2)

Elective courses are offered each term and topics vary based on student interest and market demands. Recently offered topics include:

Crisis Communication: This course prepares students to guide an organization through a critical crisis by mastering the foundational principles of crisis communication.

Political Communications: This course examines how political messages are produced and transmitted. Students study messaging produced by political communicators and how the recipients of these political messages are affected.

Corporate Social Responsibility: This course provides students with a deep understanding of CSR and related concepts such as sustainability, corporate citizenship and corporate social advocacy.

Strategic Social Media: This course is designed to help students understand the “why?” and “when?” of social media for the purpose of meeting organizational goals and objectives, building relationships and demonstrating success.

Building Strong Brands – Strategy to Creative: This hands-on interactive course gives students the foundational tools to bridge the gap between business and creative, left-brain and right-brain, technical and intuitive.

Design for Strategic Communication: This hands-on course will provide students with the skills to design memorable, meaningful and ethical communications for a given message, audience and medium through the utilization of print, digital and social media platforms.

Access to World-Class Leaders

Twice a year we gather some of the world’s top communications leaders to discuss the state of the industry, network, and guide our program’s offerings. With their insights we are able to stay in front of what’s happening in the field and prepare our graduates to become future leaders.

Are You a Good Fit?

Most of our students are mid-career 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.

Start Your Journey

Your Investment

Tuition is approximately $35,460 for Oregon residents and $52,308 for nonresident and international students. Our program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill.

Where We’re Located

Classes are held evenings and weekends at the University of Oregon Portland Campus, located downtown at the corner of NW Couch and Naito Parkway.

Be Our Guest

Join us for an information session held on the first Monday of each month or schedule a personalized tour and visit.


Complete our online form to learn more about our program and our Graduate Programs Recruiter will get back to your shortly.

What Your Future Could Look Like


Contact Information

Donna Davis

Donna Davis

Strategic Communication Program Director, Assistant Professor

366F White Stag Block

Piper Menke

Piper Menke

Graduate Student Services Manager and Recruiter

343 White Stag Block