Strategic Communication Master’s Program Sample Schedules

Although our typical student completes the 48-credit program in 18 months, you can negotiate a pace that works for you. The grid below shows when we offer required courses and select electives. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Fall Term - First Year

J611 Mass Communication and Society4
J621 Foundations of Strategic Communication4
J624 2-Credit Topics Class2

Winter Term - First Year 

J642 Quantitative Research Methods4
J610 Communication Ethics in the Digital Age4
J624 2-Credit Topics Class2

Spring Term - First Year

J641 Qualitative Research Methods4
J616 Intro to Strategic Communication Marketing4
J624 Project Management and Planning2


Fall Term - Second Year

J623 Creativity in Strategic Communication4
J610 Strat Comm Elective4
J624 Finance for Strategic Communication2

Winter Term - Second Year

J618 Strategic Communication Management4
J624 2-Credit Topics class2
J609 Terminal Project3 (6 total)

Spring Term - Second Year

J609 Terminal Project3
J624 2-Credit Topics Class2

Academic Checklist

In addition to your required courses, you’ve got some tasks to complete between enrollment and graduation. Complete these steps in order, with guidance from your faculty advisor.

  1. Make contact with your faculty advisor. During orientation, the program director will assign you a faculty director. This person will be your first point of contact for questions about the program once you’re enrolled, so make sure to introduce yourself! You may select a different advisor for your terminal project. You will also select a second advisor to give input on your final draft.
  2. Select and confirm committee members. At the beginning of spring term of your first year, you’ll ask faculty members if they will be on a committee to review your terminal project.
  3. Start planning your terminal project. By the time you complete 24 credits, you should start working with your faculty advisor to shape your project plans. It is recommended that you complete your proposal by no later than the end of fall term of your second year.
  4. Secure your committee’s approval of your project proposal.
  5. Apply for graduation. In the second week of the term in which you plan to graduate, fill out the graduation form on GradWeb.
  6. Complete your oral defense of your terminal project. This should happen at least two weeks before the end of your final term. As part of this process, you will also present your project to the public in a poster format during spring term.
  7. Submit your capstone project to the UO Graduate School. Please also submit it to your advisor in both print and digital form. 


Need some guidance? Here are a few options:

  1. Download our graduate handbook for more details about program requirements and resources.
  2. Attend an info session at SOJC Portland to learn about the program and tour the building.
  3. Contact our graduate recruiter in Portland with questions about the program, the application process, and admission.

Once you’re admitted, you’ll be matched with a faculty advisor who will be your first point of contact for academic and career guidance. You’ll also choose a capstone advisor to assist with your terminal project.