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Build a strategic mindset for the communications workplace.
Columbia University’s Master of Science in Communications Practice program equips junior-level professionals with key analytical skills, storytelling know-how, and audience understanding, lets them put knowledge to practice with a Summer Internship, and gives them a competitive edge in the field.
You’ll be prepared to segment and target audiences, evaluate and design research tools, use social media strategically, develop storytelling skills, and thoroughly understand how to develop effective communications strategies.
“When walking across the stage at graduation last year I could not have pictured myself working in the editorial department of an investment firm, yet this is the first role that calls on me to incorporate the range of skills I learned from the Communications Practice program. It’s fulfilling work and a great opportunity to grow and learn.” Leslie Pitterson
Class of 2012
Extensive Real-World Experience
Aided by the program’s professional network, you secure a Summer Internship at a New York City firm. For your entire third semester, you will put your skills to use there as a fully functioning member of a communications team, expand your résumé, and build a network of contacts.
Gaining further experience, for your Portfolio Project, you will select and analyze a real-world communications challenge faced by an organization. A mentor assigned from among Columbia’s Strategic Communications program alumni will advise you along the way.
Communications Skills Employers Value Most
Communications executives demand their best new hires think critically about any communications challenge before acting. The M.S. in Communications Practice provides you with the mindset and analytical skills these employers value most, not technologies and tasks that may be obsolete by graduation. This focus on strategy prepares you to obtain a higher-level job more quickly.
Outside of the classroom, we encourage students to take advantage of our supplemental communications seminars and workshops, such as Columbia’s Strategic Communications Workshop Series, to further develop their skills and career advancement opportunities, and network with students and alumni from Columbia’s Strategic Communications M.S. program and leaders in the field.
Who Should Apply
Most candidates are under the age of 26, have little or no professional experience in communications, and would like to prepare for a career-track job. Strong applicants are critical thinkers, with a bachelor’s degree in a field such as art history, political science, English, or philosophy.
An outstanding undergraduate academic record is required for admission, regardless of experience.
This full-time graduate program demands a serious commitment of time and energy. Successful students can manage their time adeptly, cover a substantial amount of course material weekly, and sustain disciplined study habits throughout the term.