M.S. in Communication Studies

The Department of Communication and Journalism at Shippensburg University offers a master’s degree in the areas of strategic public relations and/or digital media. The goal of the department is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to refine and build skills necessary to excel in a professional working environment. Curriculum includes courses in social and mass media and PR writing, content creation and publishing via Adobe Creative Suite and other electronic media apps, media research and analysis, and media law and ethics.

The degree is obtained through completion of 30 credit hours with a minimal “B” average (3.0).

The department offers a flexible course of study and class sizes ranging from 12-20 students. In addition to core classes being offered on campus, the program also offers classes online and at nearby institutions off campus.

The department emphasizes the importance of internships and it offers students with a wide arrange of networking. This plays a vital role for potential employment opportunities for after graduation.

All students are required to demonstrate comprehension and skill learning by conducting a final professional project with a real-world client in their concentrated area of study at the end of the program. 

In addition to the Graduate Studies admission requirements, the department requires:

  1. A professional resumé
  2. Three professional references
  3. 400-500 word essay explaining what you expect to gain by completing the program 

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a communication-related field and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.75. If applicants do not meet requirements, provisional courses may be required in addition to the required master’s degree courses. 

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