MA in Communication

Whether you are helping an organization roll out a new product, lobbying policy makers, tailoring messages to promote health, finding ways to best communicate scientific concepts to a general audience, or building stronger relationships with stakeholders, Mason’s Communication MA reflects broad and evolving needs in communication.

Overall, the program offers four distinct areas of focus:

  • Strategic communication/public relations
  • Health communication
  • Science communication
  • Individualized communication studies 

In addition, faculty specialize in areas including mass media, interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and political communication, and rhetoric. Our faculty serve in prominent leadership roles in professional communication organizations. Their scholarship has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and NASA.

Mason’s location in the Washington, D.C., area provides students abundant opportunities for professional development. Federal agencies, non-profits, public relations firms and start-ups regularly seek current students and alumni for job opportunities. The program is friendly to working professionals, because classes are taught during the evening.

Some graduates continue to PhD programs. Other students take positions as marketing specialists, event managers, PR account executives, social media managers, and more.