From social media to digital storytelling, the communication field is evolving at an exponential pace.

Step up to new career challenges—now and in the future—with an M.S. in Communication from Walden. One of the first of its kind, this online master’s degree program can give you a professional edge in an industry that’s ever-changing.

Featuring coursework grounded in the latest communication practices and theories, the M.S. in Communication program prepares you to craft compelling messages for local, national, and global audiences and translate that messaging into different media. Real-world scenarios and projects enable you to learn how to effectively develop, execute, and measure integrated communication strategies using both traditional and innovative channels.

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current role or explore exciting new career opportunities in marketing, public relations, digital media, social media, or corporate communication, earning your master’s degree in communication from Walden can help you get there.

Earn a Professional Credential Prior to Getting Your Degree

Walden’s M.S. in Communication program offers an embedded Graduate Certificate in Communication, which you are eligible for after the first four courses.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Captstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 30 total semester credit hours  $700 per semester hour 


Books and Materials Estimated costs  included


Technology Fee  Per semester







Transfer up to 15 credits 



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* Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee and books and supplies as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Skills That Are in Demand

In an increasingly digital, social, and mobile marketplace, professionals with high-level communication skills are in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following areas will experience above-average growth in the decade ending in 2020:*

  • Public relations (+23%)
  • Advertising, promotions, and marketing management (+14%)
  • Technical writing (+17%)

A Versatile and Relevant Degree

Earning an M.S. in Communication from Walden can prepare you to advance your career in a variety of challenging and rewarding fields, including:

  • Corporate communications
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Media management
  • Nonprofit communication management
  • Employee relations
  • Copywriting
  • Editing/reporting
  • Social media
  • Training development
  • Lobbying
  • Speechwriting
  • Organizational development

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers,” on the Internet at (viewed online March 12, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Walden’s M.S. in Communication program features:

  • Digital tools such as downloads, videos, and podcasts to help illustrate communication concepts and give you hands-on experience with the latest media channels.
  • An embedded Graduate Certificate in Communication, which you are eligible for after completing the first four courses.
  • The opportunity to create a robust electronic portfolio of work that you can present to prospective employers.
  • A capstone project that allows you to apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout your program to a real-world situation.

When you choose Walden’s M.S. in Communication program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, but it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Graduates of the M.S. in Communication program will be able to:

  1. Apply communication theories and principles effectively.
  2. Critically analyze media from producer and consumer perspectives.
  3. Use appropriate traditional and digital media to attain desired results.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how the regulatory environment impacts the communication field.
  5. Evaluate communication plans and activities.
  6. Implement communication plans and activities that will result in achievement of organizational goals.
  7. Practice ethically in the field of communication.
  8. Communicate professionally with stakeholders in oral and written modes.
  9. Use the creative process to solve organizational issues.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.