The Executive Master of Science of Strategic Communication graduate program is designed for experienced communication professionals and for those in leadership positions across a wide range of industries having communication as a critical competency.

The 16-month program focuses on the critical thinking, analysis, and practical skills essential to developing and implementing communication strategies that advance an organization’s goals and mission. Each semester features a combination of a multi-day intensive study, weekend classes, and online activities and engagement. When not at Columbia, students access resources, submit assignments, and communicate via an online learning platform.

Students build a far-reaching network with Columbia’s extraordinary community of scholars, faculty practitioners, industry leaders, fellow students, and more than 500 M.S. in Strategic Communication alumni who hold pivotal roles in branding, nonprofit, strategy, and consulting organizations. Faculty members are expert teachers, as well as practicing professionals – and leaders – in their areas of communication.

The program teaches students how to develop effective communication strategies and to foster the thinking habits that will allow them to offer strategic counsel to any organization. Students become familiar with the complete range of current communication tools and how to use them in an integrated, strategic way. Students complete a capstone project, applying their learnings to a real-life communication problem. This project can be used by students to demonstrate their proficiency in strategic communication and as an example of their mastery as they seek to advance in their careers.

Who Should Apply

The Executive Master of Science in Strategic Communication program is an intensive, accelerated, graduate-level immersion experience for motivated individuals who have already demonstrated significant professional accomplishment. The program seeks high-potential applicants who have clearly established their leadership potential and who can show a strong record of professional achievement.

Applicants will currently be in a communication role and have six or more years of experience. Applicants in leadership roles for whom communication is a critical competency will be considered and often are accepted.

Because the student mix within the cohort is a critical value of the program, we look carefully at representing diverse industries and experiences within every incoming class.

As a Graduate

Executive M.S. in Strategic Communication graduates hold positions as diverse as Chief Strategy Officer, Director Corporate Communications, Executive Director, Development and Communications Director, Global Marketing Manager, Vice President - Internal Communications at organizations such as Viacom, Bloomberg, Girl Scouts of America, Starwood Hotels, and Advertising, Public Relations, Strategy, and Digital agencies in NYC and beyond. They hold executive positions in all industry sectors including financial services, healthcare and pharmaceutical, entertainment, media, and government and nonprofit.

More program options in Strategic Communication

Master of Science in Strategic Communication

Full-time option designed for early-career communication professionals, career-changers who want to complete their degree quickly, and a part-time option designed for students employed full-time, and those who want to spread out their coursework.

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Strategic Communication: International Perspectives

A week-long offering for experienced communication executives who want to learn, develop and practice effective strategies that respond to the challenges and opportunities presented in the global marketplace.

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