From social media to digital storytelling, the communication field is evolving at an exponential pace.

Step up to new career challenges—now and in the future—with a master’s degree in communication from Walden. One of the first of its kind, this online program can give you a professional edge in an industry that’s ever-changing.

Featuring coursework grounded in the latest communication practices and theories, the online MS in Communication program prepares you to craft compelling messages for local, national, and global audiences and translate that messaging into different media. Real-world scenarios and projects enable you to learn how to effectively develop, execute, and measure integrated communication strategies using both traditional and innovative channels.

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current role or explore exciting new career opportunities in marketing, public relations, digital media, social media, or corporate communication, earning your master’s degree in communication from Walden can help you get there.

Earn a Professional Credential Prior to Getting Your Degree

Walden’s online master’s degree in communication program offers an embedded Graduate Certificate in Communication, which you are eligible for after the first four courses.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the master’s in communication program will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze media from producer and consumer perspectives
  2. Apply communication theories and principles effectively
  3. Use appropriate traditional and digital media to attain desired results
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how the regulatory environment impacts the communication field
  5. Evaluate communication plans and activities
  6. Implement communication plans and activities that will result in achievement of organizational goals
  7. Practice ethically in the field of communication
  8. Communicate professionally with stakeholders
  9. Use the creative process to solve organizational issues

Career Impact

Skills That Are in Demand

In an increasingly digital, social, and mobile marketplace, professionals with high-level communication skills are in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following areas will experience above-average growth in the decade ending in 2020:1

  • Public relations (+23%)
  • Advertising, promotions, and marketing management (+14%)
  • Technical writing (+17%)

A Versatile and Relevant Degree

Earning an MS in Communication from Walden can prepare you to advance your career in a variety of challenging and rewarding fields, including:

  • Corporate communications
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Media management
  • Nonprofit communication management
  • Employee relations
  • Copywriting
  • Editing/reporting
  • Social media
  • Training development
  • Lobbying
  • Speechwriting
  • Organizational development

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


Lisa R. Hargett

Lisa Hargett

MBA Graduate
Looking back on my MBA program, it is impossible for me to not recognize the leaps and bounds of progress I have made both personally and professionally.
Walden provides a strong foundation that ensures you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
By pursuing my degree, I wanted to set an example for my kids. I wanted them to see that all things can be accomplished with support from family and friends, and through determination.
Lisa Minnihan BSBA Graduate / MBA Graduate
Lisa Minnihan
Sandra Walker MS in Leadership Graduate / BSBA Graduate
Sandra Walker
Becky Fleming BS in Communications Graduate
Becky Fleming

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers,” on the Internet at online March 12, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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