Curriculum

36 points for degree completion* Combination of on-campus and online instruction
Part-time program** Fall intake only
4 consecutive terms to complete***  
Capstone Project

* Curriculum is subject to change.
** Enrollment in the program does not fulfill the requirements for an F1 student visa. To complete the program full-time, students enroll in their first elective course in the fall, their second elective course in the spring, and do not complete coursework during the summer. Although the full-time option is open to domestic students, we do not advise it for individuals who work full-time.
*** Three residencies, multiple Saturday or Sunday sessions, and summer and fall electives. See program dates below.

Columbia’s Executive M.S. in Strategic Communication program is built around four essential disciplines: Strategic Leadership – the ability to bring vision, understand business strategy, lead teams, achieve and measure success in a highly competitive global marketplace; Strategic Thinking – applying critical and analytic thinking to communications problems and issues; Persuasion –writing and presenting ideas and information in concise, creative, and compelling ways to multiple audiences; and Media – understand and respond strategically to the changing needs of audiences using all forms and channels of communications in an ethical, considered way.

In order to allow for concentrated, accelerated study, the executive structure integrates and reinforces course content so that the full-day sessions are intense immersion experiences where ideas and information are examined through case studies, classroom exercises and experiential discussions.

In order to receive the Executive M.S. in Strategic Communication degree, students must complete all requirements of the degree (36 points) within 16 months with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.

Between residencies, students attend on-campus courses on five full-day Saturday sessions during the first fall term, seven Saturdays (and one Sunday) during the spring term, and five Saturdays during the final fall term. On-campus attendance is required for all residencies, as well as on-site Saturday and Sunday sessions.

Time Commitment

Work Outside of Class

When not meeting on campus, students are required to be active through our online platform. They should be prepared to spend 20–25 hours outside of class every week to complete assigned readings, work on projects, and participate with work groups.

Activities during the residencies and Saturday sessions connect directly to the other program components. Therefore, full participation is critical for degree completion. The online component is separate from and does not substitute for the in-person residencies or Saturday sessions.

Administrative Obligations

Students will be given a Student Handbook, which will guide them through the required administrative processes (bursar, registrar, ID office, etc.).

2016–2017 Residency Dates

Fall 2016 (Fall 2016 Cohort)

Residency 1

Wed., August 17
Thu., August 18
Fri., August 19
Sat., August 20

Full-day weekend sessions

Sat., September 10, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 1, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 22, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sun., October 23, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sat., November 12, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sat., December 10, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Spring 2017 (Fall 2016 Cohort)

Saturdays/Sundays and Residency dates will be announced soon.

Fall 2017 (Fall 2016 Cohort)

Saturdays/Sundays and Residency dates will be announced soon.


2015–2016 Residency Dates


This diagram illustrates the program's timeline and sequence of residencies and courses (click to expand or download a PDF version)

Fall 2015 (Fall 2015 Cohort)

Residency 1

Wed., August 19, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Thu., August 20, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Fri., August 21, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., August 22, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Full-day weekend sessions

Sat., September 12, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., September 26, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 17, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., November 7, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., November 21, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

 

Spring 2016 (Fall 2015 Cohort)

Full-day weekend sessions

Sat, January 23 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., February 6, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., February 20, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., March 19, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sun., March 20, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sat., April 2, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., April 16, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., May 7, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Residency 2

Sat., May 14, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sun., May 15, 9 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

 

Fall 2016 (Fall 2015 Cohort)

Residency 3

Thu, August 18 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Fri., August 19, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., August 20, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sun., August 21, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Full-day weekend sessions

Sat, September 10 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 1, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 22, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., November 12, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sat., December 10, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.