Minneapolis—August 8, 2013—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 fields of public relations, advertising, promotions, marketing management and technical writing will experience above-average growth in the decade ending in 2020. To help equip professionals to meet this demand, Walden University is introducing an online MS in Communication degree program to give students a professional edge in the dynamic, fast-paced field of communication.

“According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the No. 1 skill desired by employers is communication. We can also see from countless studies and from experience that those with effective communication skills are selected for management or roles of responsibility. Walden’s M.S. in Communication program is unique, completely online, with integrated opportunities to explore emerging communication technologies as well practical, real-world applications of effective communication skills, said Dr. Allyson Gee, program director for the MS in Communication.

Walden’s online MS in Communication program prepares students to craft compelling messages for local, national and global audiences and translate that messaging into different media. Through real-world scenarios and projects, students will learn how to effectively develop, execute and measure integrated communication strategies, using both traditional and innovative channels.

The master’s degree program features digital tools such as downloads, videos and podcasts to help illustrate communication concepts and give students hands-on experience with the latest media channels. Students have the opportunity to create a robust electronic portfolio of work that they can present to prospective employers. Students also complete a capstone project that allows them to apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout their program to a real-world situation.

Walden’s M.S. in Communication program offers an embedded Graduate Certificate in Communication, which students are eligible to receive after completing the first four courses. The program joins the suite of programs offered in the School of Management, including the BS in Communication and the BS in Business Communication. For more information, go to www.WaldenU.edu/mscomm.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of 70 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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