Master’s in Communication in Washington, DC

In our nation's capital, there are several colleges and universities that offer graduate-level programs for aspiring communication specialists. With a mix of online and traditional in-person programs, students have the opportunity to specialize in political communication, global communication, strategic communication and media studies among other areas of study.

Unsurprisingly, master's in communications programs in Washington D.C. are well-equipped to prepare students for exciting careers in politics, strategy and media communication. A few potential career titles for students of political and strategic communications include speechwriter, campaign strategist, fundraiser, media strategist and publicist among several others. Major communications employers in Washington D.C. include Burson-Marsteller, APCO Worldwide, Edelman and the U.S. Federal Government and its various agencies.

Read on for more details about the various master's in communications programs available in Washington D.C:

American University

American University offers several masters of arts in communications programs, including Master of Arts in Political Communication, Master of Arts in Global Media, and Master of Arts in Strategic Communication that is offered as a traditional classroom program as well as an online degree.

What to Know: The Political Communication program can be taken part-time or full-time and is open for admission for both the fall and spring semesters. The Global Media master's program is a full-time program, and students are generally expected to complete the 39-credit program within 24 months. The Strategic Communication program is offered full-time, part-time or online. Full-time students of the Strategic Communication program are generally expected to complete the program in 10 months, where part-time and online students are expected to complete their program in less than two years.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate tuition at American University is $1,642 per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year. This cost does not include mandatory or other course fees, materials and books.

Anything Else?: The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication allows students to choose a concentration among Advocacy and Social Impact, Digital Strategies and Analytics, Corporate Communication and Reputation Management or Public Diplomacy and Global Affairs.

George Washington University

George Washington University offers several options for aspiring masters in communications students. Its School of Media & Public Affairs offers graduate programs in Media and Strategic Communication, Global Communication and Documentary Filmmaking. The School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health Public Health Communication & Marketing program as a traditional classroom experience.

What to Know: The M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication is geared toward aspiring media and political communication experts and admits students for the fall semester. The core curriculum for the Global Communication program focuses on communication, international politics, international economics, and research methods. The mission of the Master of Public Health Public Health Communication and Marketing program is to train the next generation of public health professionals to make use of cutting-edge communication and marketing tools to advance public health objectives.

What Does It Cost?: Master of Public Health students are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis, and the current rate is $1,580 per credit. The tuition for the Global Communication program is $1,765 per credit. Tuition rates for the School of Media & Public Affairs were not available online, so interested students should check with the school for current pricing.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University offers an Executive Master of Professional Studies in Global Strategic Communications that is designed for communications executives and leaders across a range of industries.

What to Know: The 30-credit program is offered in a hybrid format combing online coursework with five one-week residences in London, Singapore, Sao Paulo, and Washington D.C. in a program that lasts one year.

What Does It Cost?: Total tuition for this program is $61,950 and enrolls in the fall semester only.

Anything Else?: The program requires eight or more years working experience and provides hands-on experience in global communications, investor relations, corporate social responsibility, and stakeholder engagement.

Read our interview with Wendy Zajack – Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the School of Continuing Studies.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University offers three Master of Arts in Communication programs: the online Master of Arts in Communication program, a dual Master of Arts in Communication/MBA program that can be taken online or on-site, and the online Master of Communication/Nonprofit Management Certificate program.

What to Know: The ten-course Master of Arts in Communication program enrolls for the fall, spring and summer semesters. The dual MA in Communication/MBA program requires 10 courses for the communications portion and 21 courses for the MBA portion and enrolls for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The MA in Communication/Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires 10 courses for the communication portion and four courses for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

What Does It Cost?: Tuition for the Master of Arts in Communication program is $4,087 per course. The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is $3,783 per course.

Trinity Washington University

Trinity Washington University offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations program, as well as a Master of Arts in Communication program.

What to Know: The Strategic Communication and Public Relations graduate program prepares students to be effective public relations practitioners and communication managers. The more generalized Master of Arts in Communication program prepares students for careers in media relations, political communication, and journalism.

What Does It Cost?: Graduate level tuition for is currently $760 per credit, which does not include the cost of books, course materials or parking fees.

Washington, DC Colleges That Offer Accredited Master's in Communications Programs

SchoolContact Information
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
(855) 725-7614
George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-6240
Georgetown University
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 687-8700
Johns Hopkins University
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 452-1940
Trinity Washington University
125 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 884-9204