Curriculum

36 points for degree completion Combination of on-campus and online instruction
Part-time program*
(Full-time option available with modified schedule)**
Fall intake only
4 consecutive terms to complete***  
Capstone Project

* Enrollment in the program on a part-time basis does not fulfill the requirements for an F1 student visa.
** To complete the program full-time, students enroll in their first elective course in the fall, their second elective course in the spring, and do not complete coursework during the summer. Although the full-time option is open to domestic students, we do not advise it for individuals who work full-time.
*** Three residencies, 16 Saturday sessions, and summer electives. See program dates below.

Columbia’s Strategic Communications program is built around four essential disciplines: Strategic Leadership – the ability to bring vision, understand business strategy, lead teams, achieve and measure success in a highly competitive global marketplace; Strategic Thinking – applying critical and analytic thinking to communications problems and issues; Persuasion –writing and presenting ideas and information in concise, creative, and compelling ways to multiple audiences; and Media – understand and respond strategically to the changing needs of audiences using all forms and channels of communications in an ethical, considered way.

In order to allow for concentrated, accelerated study, the executive structure integrates and reinforces course content so that the full-day sessions are intense immersion experiences where ideas and information are examined through case studies, classroom exercises and experiential discussions.

In order to receive the master's degree in Strategic Communications, students must complete all requirements of the degree (36 points) within 16 months with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.

Between residencies, students attend on-campus courses on five full-day Saturday sessions during the first fall term, six Saturdays during the spring term, and five Saturdays during the final fall term. On-campus attendance is required for all three four-day residencies, as well as on-site Saturday courses.


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Time Commitment

Work Outside of Class

When not meeting on campus, students are required to be active through our online platform. They should be prepared to spend 20-25 hours outside of class every week to complete assigned readings, work on projects, and participate with work groups.

Activities during the residencies and Saturday sessions connect directly to the other program components. Therefore, full participation is critical for degree completion. The online component is separate from and does not substitute for the in-person residencies or Saturday sessions.

Administrative Obligations

Students will be given a Student Handbook, which will guide them through the required administrative processes (bursar, registrar, ID office, etc.).


This diagram illustrates the program's timeline and sequence of residencies and courses (click to expand or download a PDF version)

2014-2015 Residency Dates (Fall 2014 Cohort)

August 20 – August 23, 2014
May 1-May 3, 2015
August 20-August 23, 2015

Saturday Sessions

Between residencies, students attend on-campus courses on five full-day Saturday sessions during the first fall term, six Saturdays during the spring term, and five Saturdays during the final fall term.

2014-2015 Saturday Sessions:

Fall 2014

September 6, 2014
September 27, 2014
October 18, 2014
November 1, 2014
December 6, 2014

Spring 2015

January 24, 2015
February 7, 2015
February 21, 2015
March 7, 2015
March 28, 2015
April 18, 2015

Fall 2015

September 5, 2015
September 26, 2015
October 17, 2015
November 7, 2015
December 5, 2015

 


Fall 2015

Residency 1 incoming class

Wed., August 19, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Thu., August 20, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Fri., August 21, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., August 22, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Full-day weekend sessions

Sat., September 5, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., September 26, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 17, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., November 7, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., November 21, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

 

Spring 2016

Full-day weekend sessions

Sat, January 23 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., February 6, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., February 20, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., March 5, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., April 2, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., April 16, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Residency 2 incoming class

Thu, May 5 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Fri., May 6, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., May 7, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

 

Fall 2016

Residency no. 3

Thu, August 18 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Fri., August 19, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., August 20, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sun., August 21, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Full-day weekend sessions

Sat, September 10 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 1, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 22, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., November 12, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., December 10, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

 


View the Fall 2013 Cohort program diagram