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Graduate Programs in Communication

Earn a Johns Hopkins master’s degree or graduate certificate in a convenient part-time format.

Transform your career through a graduate program in communication. Johns Hopkins’ Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) offer flexible, online options with the advantage of the world-class instruction and high-level interaction that are the foundation of the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence. AAP’s goal is to offer new, innovative academic programs that meet the needs of today’s working professional. Earn a master’s degree or graduate certificate with the prestige of Johns Hopkins University and the flexibility of AAP’s online options.

Programs available on-campus and online.

  • Master of Arts in Communication
    A Masters in Communication offers practical and applied knowledge, taught by the social scientists who study effective communication and the practitioners who use it. Electives engage students by having them tackle real-life communication issues, develop usable communication skills, and build a strong portfolio. Industry experts bring real-world lessons, experience, and best practices to the classroom. While a concentration is not required, students may choose from the following:
    • Concentration in Applied Research in Communication +

      Prepares students to assess the research needs of a communication effort; design theory-based formative, process, and summative evaluation studies; execute quantitative and qualitative methods; analyze data using thematic, descriptive, and inferential approaches; and use results to plan and refine communication efforts.
    • Concentration in Public and Media Relations +

      Covers everything from pitching and planning to budgeting and executing a comprehensive communication campaign. Courses include public relations, media relations, crisis communication, and strategic communication program management. Private companies, non-profit organizations, and federal agencies all employ communication strategies and need employees knowledgeable in theory and practice.
    • Concentration in Political Communication +

      Addresses issues from campaign strategies to running a press office to influencing public policy. Courses include public affairs, campaign communication, crisis communication, and speech writing. Whether people are governing, running for office, or pushing for policy change, communication lies at the heart of politics.
    • Concentration in Health Communication +

      Considers how to develop and evaluate effective public information campaigns, how to manage the demands placed on communication specialists during a crisis, and how to incorporate behavior-change messages into a variety of channels and genres such as entertainment. Courses include social marketing, health psychology, emergency and risk communication, and developing and evaluating communication campaigns. Health communication professionals must develop, deliver, and evaluate modern health communication programs. This concentration explores what has been done, what works, and why.
    • Concentration in Digital Communication +

      The concentration in digital communication examines the strategic use of digital technologies for communication professionals. This concentration addresses how to use the Web and social media to reach out to diverse publics and how to incorporate digital with traditional communication campaigns. Courses include effective Web design and strategy, public relations in the digital age, using digital and social media, and devising a digital strategy for a non-profit organization. Digital communication tools are an important part of the modern communication workplace.
    • Concentration in Corporate and Non-Profit Communication +

      Examines all of the important components of communication in an organizational context. Students study how managers communicate with staff, how businesses and non-profits communicate with the media, and how advertisers and marketers persuade potential consumers and donors. Courses include branding and advertising, integrated marketing communication, corporate social responsibility campaign strategies, and managerial communication. Successful organizations have solid internal and external communication strategies.
  • Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
    This graduate certificate provides cutting-edge curriculum through five post-bachelor’s graduate level courses. Students will acquire the skills related to conducting original research and become aware of resources, such as professional associations and mentors, that help them continue their education throughout the remainders of their professional careers in research.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

*Note: Applied Research in Communication students currently cannot conduct internships in Kentucky. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.state-specific information for online programs.

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