Masters in Communication Program Overview for Prospective Students

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Gain and Sustain a Competitive Advantage

Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication (MSC) program seeks to equip students to reach their peak effectiveness in managerial communication through a conceptual understanding of theory and its application. Students in the MSC program learn to be more effective and valued leaders, through an intensive curriculum that leverages the most contemporary research in communication, management, ethics, and innovation technology towards solving today’s managerial challenges. The programs incorporate professional development and networking opportunities at every stage, empowering our students with the skills and confidence they need to gain and sustain a competitive advantage.

Our small classes ensure that students receive personalized attention from the program’s world-class faculty, leading academics, and industry experts who possess extensive hands-on experience. Their expertise in communication strategy, leadership, organizational behavior, information technologies, and global economies are at the heart of a flexible and broadly relevant MSC curriculum that can be applied to many professional fields.

Obviously, I see the difference in the classroom, but I really see the difference the most when I leave the classroom. I am quicker to solve problems, I see things I previously didn’t and most importantly, people see things in me that they previously didn’t. That is what the MSC can do for you. 
– Scott Kitun, Class of 2012

Graduate in Less Than a Year Without Interrupting Your Career

Our programs are designed so that you’re able to keep working full-time throughout the program, and the accelerated curriculum delivers the essential skills and credentials you need in less than twelve months.  What’s more, you don’t have to wait until you earn your degree to start experiencing the benefits of the program; our students are able to put what they learn into practice immediately, becoming more strategic and effective professionals with each passing week.

Literally, every day I have thought about things in my workplace more insightfully and been more prepared and resourced as a result. The MSC program will be without a doubt the most fruitful investment I’ll make in my professional life.
– Aaron Subich, Class of 2012

Add the Power of the Northwestern Network

As members of the Northwestern University community, MSC students enjoy the considerable professional development resources of one of the world’s leading educational institutions, including workshops and seminars designed exclusively for MSC students, job fairs focusing on careers in communications, and access to Northwestern’s extensive alumni and job databases.

Perhaps the most valuable resource the MSC program can offer you, though, are your classmates. The MSC program attracts professionals from around the world—both senior managers and emerging talent alike—who hold positions in the corporate, nonprofit, government, and education sectors.  This diversity is key to our students’ personal, professional, and academic success, and ensures that the depth of their knowledge and skill is complimented by the breadth of their professional network.

So many of my peers have put me in touch with job opportunities and offered me advice. MSC isn’t just coming to school and sitting in a classroom to learn. It’s also about networking. It’s nice to have an esteemed degree, but it’s also nice to know people.
– Meghan Nyberg, Class of 2012

To learn more, contact the MSC Program Office at


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Master of Science in Communication
School of Communication
2240 Campus Drive, Room 2-118
Evanston, IL 60208

Main Office: 847-467-3668

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