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Build a strategic mindset for the communication workplace.

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Communications Practice program provides you with a comprehensive foundation for a successful career in communication. Our graduates develop all of the essential skills required to become emergent leaders in a new era of communication.

“We are working with actual firms, actual companies. We test our skills in the real world environment. While searching for a graduate program, I never found one that even came close to offering what the Columbia Communications Practice program offers.” Paul Plumerl
Class of 2011

Program Benefits

Learn
from faculty who have both academic and practitioner experience.

Choose
your pathway with accelerated and extended program options, a range of electives, and internship opportunities with internship search support.

Position
yourself for career building and professional network expansion in New York City, one of the world’s communication capitals.

Join
a globally diverse student body with students from more than 20 countries.

Gain
the confidence and skills to become a change agent in your organization and in the world.

Develop
effective communication strategies through advanced analytical skills, audience segmenting, storytelling know-how, research tool design and evaluation, and digital strategy.

Extensive Real-World Experience

Aided by the program’s professional network, you have the option of pursuing an internship at a New York City firm in the summer or during an optional fourth semester in the fall. The optional internship enables you to put your skills to use as a fully functioning member of a communication team, expand your résumé, build a network of contacts, and gain a competitive edge that will prepare you for a career-track job in communication.

Gaining further experience, for your Portfolio Project, you will select and analyze a real-world communication challenge faced by an organization. A mentor assigned from among Columbia’s Strategic Communications program alumni will advise you along the way.

Communication Skills Employers Value Most

Communication executives demand their best new hires think critically about any communication challenge before acting. The M.S. in Communications Practice provides you with the mindset and analytical skills these employers value most, not technologies and tasks that may be obsolete by graduation. This focus on strategy prepares you to obtain a higher-level job more quickly.

Outside of the classroom, we encourage you to take advantage of our supplemental communication seminars and workshops, such as Columbia’s Strategic Communications Workshop Series, to further develop your skills and career advancement opportunities, and network with students and alumni from Columbia’s Strategic Communications M.S. program and leaders in the field.

Who Should Apply

Most candidates, whether just beginning or changing careers, have one to five years of experience in communication, and would like to prepare for or advance in a career-track job. Strong applicants are critical thinkers, with a bachelor’s degree in a field that requires analytical writing skills.

An outstanding undergraduate academic record is required for admission, regardless of experience.

This full-time graduate program demands a serious commitment of time and energy. Successful students can manage their time adeptly, cover a substantial amount of course material weekly, and sustain disciplined study habits throughout the term.

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