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Strategic Communication

Master of Science

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Program Overview

Are you passionate about social and environmental issues? Do you hope to ignite change? Do you wish to harness the power of strategic storytelling to reach diverse audiences across traditional and digital media platforms?

Agnes Scott College’s fully online M.S. in Strategic Communication degree program offers you the opportunity to create your own academic journey with customizable classes. Our innovative courses focus on critical communication, data analysis, and digital design in today’s rapidly changing world of technology.

The rigorous foundation of our strategic communication degree — including applied learning in critical communication methods — transforms you into the professional communicator employers seek. You will understand how communication can affect knowledge, beliefs, and behavior and the role it plays in shaping our world. You will learn best practices and gain technical skills to make an impact in your community and on the world.

Agnes Scott College is well known for academic excellence in writing and our commitment to service. When you pursue a master’s degree in communication, you’ll learn through our margins-to-center approach and through the lens of social justice.

Our program is open to motivated individuals of any kind. You can complete your master's in communication degree in 12-24 months. To enhance your career credentials even further, you can add a stackable certificate in Advocacy and Public Engagement or you can work with the faculty director to customize your concentration based on your professional goals.

You deserve a quality education within your reach. You’ll appreciate our low semester fees and graduate grants, as well as graduate assistantships that provide partial tuition.

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What You'll Learn

Everything we do at Agnes Scott College is rooted in ethics. When you earn a strategic communication degree, you’ll be prepared to engage with diverse audiences and foster change. You'll employ emerging technologies to:

  • Share accurate information.
  • Work collaboratively with team members.
  • Engage with intellectual and social challenges of our society.

We know you want to change the world. We’ll help you begin.

Program Highlights

Learn the Value of Connection

With engaged faculty members and an average class size of 18 students, you’ll form connections with your professors and peers that will last a lifetime. A graduate advisor will answer all your questions from the time you’re accepted into our master’s program until you graduate with your M.S. in Strategic Communication. And our career coaches share their real-world experience and guide you toward the career of your dreams.

Students who apply to either the Graduate Certificate or Master of Arts programs are considered for this grant on a competitive basis. No additional application is necessary for consideration.

Learn about the admission process.

Earn Your Master's at Your Pace

You’re busy. Agnes Scott College knows this. That’s why we designed our fully online master’s degree in communication to fit your schedule:

  • Take 12–24 months to complete your strategic communication degree.
  • Attend full- or part-time classes while you continue to work.
  • Meet just once a week for class.

Your master’s in communication degree will spark a new career or enrich your current position. 

“I am now leaving the program with not only an array of those skills, but also a broader mindset on digital communication and a better understanding of how and why we communicate … I have learned that written content is vital, but conveying it online takes more into consideration than just strong writing skills. Making content accessible and engaging requires thought into color (or lack thereof), composition, and narrative.“  – Kate Williams, M.A. ’23

Learn more about our curriculum.

Apply Your Knowledge

We believe in hands-on learning, and internships are the perfect way to apply your classroom education in the real world.

Learn how our students approach hands-on learning.

Meet the Faculty

Carlee Bishop

Carlee A. Bishop

Professor of Physics

Professor Mina Ivanova

Mina Ivanova

Faculty Director and Assistant Professor of Communication

Nell Ruby

Professor of Art

Carolyn Stover Harvey ’00, MA'20

Carolyn Stover Harvey '00, MA'20

Advancing Her Possibilities

Learn how Carolyn Harvey, '00, MA'20 advanced her career possibilities in our communication graduate program.

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Careers in Strategic Communication

Quality education opens doors. You will have a wide array of career options when you earn your M.S. in Strategic Communication from Agnes Scott College. That’s because our program offers a specialization in Advocacy and Public Engagement.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, communication careers are projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031. This growth is driven by the increasing demand for digital communications and the need for organizations to effectively communicate with their audiences.

  • Corporate communications
  • Marketing management
  • Nonprofit communications

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