Strategic Communication Master's Program

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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.

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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.

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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.

Interested in Applying?

Applications for the 2021 cohort will open in fall 2020. 

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Want to learn more about our Portland-based Strategic Communication Master’s program? Register for an upcoming info session.

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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: 

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Immerse Yourself at the Oregon Reality (OR) Lab

We live in the experiential age. Organizations are using emerging technology like virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 video to engage audiences more deeply than ever. With social innovation and ethics at the heart of our research and product, community, and experience development, the Oregon Reality Lab in Portland is the place for students to create strategic, next-generation communication solutions incorporating immersive media.

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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.

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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. Visit us to see our new Oregon Reality immersive experience lab and state-of-the-art gear checkout room.

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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.

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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

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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.

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