Strategic Communication Master's Program

Strategic communications student sticking post-it notes on window

Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication

In our flexible Portland-based master’s program, you’ll learn the latest in the rapidly evolving strategic communication field from some of the world’s most successful communicators. Build the skills to rise above the noise—and to the next level in your career.

Apply  |  Degree Requirements  |  Sample Schedules  Courses  |  Faculty and Staff  |  Scholarships and Funding  |  Internships  |  Visit Us

Apply »
Degree Requirements »
Sample Schedules »
Courses »
Faculty and Staff »
Scholarships and Funding »
Internships »
Visit Us »

Strategic Communication Graduate Study at SOJC Portland

Today’s strategic communicators must master a broad skill set encompassing creativity, critical thinking, strategic analysis, and practical application. Our 48-credit curriculum covers research, planning, management, finance, social media, and more to help you become a communication leader. Most of our students are mid-career professionals in public relations, advertising, marketing, corporate communication, or related fields. If you want to use communication to better your company, your community, or your world, we want to meet you.

Female student smiling during class

Three people discussing communication strategy

Two students sitting together at round table


Flexible Schedule for Working Professionals

Because many of our students work full-time, we offer all classes on evenings and weekends. Most students complete the master’s program in two academic years (six 10-week terms), but you can negotiate a pace that works for you.


students in each class
in pro bono client work


What You Can Do with a Master’s in Strategic Communication

In today’s content-cluttered landscape, strategic communication is crucial to the success of businesses, government, and nonprofits alike. Our program gives you specialized, executive-level skills to become a leader in this exciting and rapidly evolving field. And our graduates have landed jobs at some of the top shops in the country, like Intel, Oracle, and the FBI. Check out what three of our graduates are up to now: 


Laura Shepard

“I never imagined I would be doing global communications, and now I’m running a global communications department for a major corporation. Had I not gone through this program, I don’t think I’d be doing that today.” 

—Laura Shepard ’14, Global Communication Manager, Intel Corp.

Read About Laura's Job

Network with World-Class Communication Leaders

Our Strategic Communication Leadership Network brings together some of the top communication leaders in the world—executives from such companies as Microsoft, Nike, and Edelman Public Relations—to network, discuss the state of the industry, and guide our program’s offerings. You’ll get to meet them and learn from their in-the-trenches insights. This unique group of executives helps us stay ahead of the curve and prepare our graduates for successful careers.



The White Stag sign in Portland, Oregon

Where We’re Located

Classes are held evenings and weekends at SOJC Portland on the historic White Stag Block, located at the heart of Oregon’s biggest media market. Join us for an information session, held the first Monday of each month, to find out if our program is for you.

Get Directions

Come To An Info Session


Your Investment

Below are tuition estimates for a typical student in our two-year master’s program. Your actual costs may vary depending on how long you take to complete the program. For a customized estimate, try the UO's graduate costs calculator. 

oregon Residents
Nonresident and International

The Strategic Communication Master’s program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill. 


Meet Donna Davis
Program Director and Virtual Reality Researcher

Associate Professor Donna Davis knows that communication is more than just a job skill. It’s a means to change the world. She recently completed a three-year, National Science Foundation–funded research project examining how we communicate in virtual reality and how interacting as an avatar in a virtual world can improve quality of life for people with disabilities. Watch her UO Wings talk about the amazing things VR can do.

Meet Our Faculty

Application Deadlines

Why apply early? An early application increases your chances of getting early-enrollment incentives and scholarships. 

Nov. 15,

Fall 2019 Priority Deadline

Feb. 15,

Second-Round Deadline

April 30,

Final Deadline

After April 30, 2019, we will accept applications on a space-available basis. 

Apply Now