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New Part-Time Hybrid M.S. Available

The part-time Master’s degree in Strategic Communication has moved to a primarily-online format for working professionals based in or outside of the New York City area.
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Strategic Communication

We develop the next generation of leaders in the global communication field. 

Succeeding in a 24/7 communications world.

Strategic Communication

Columbia University's Master of Science in Strategic Communication is designed to respond to the urgent need for strategic perspectives, critical thinking, and exceptional communication skills at all levels of the workplace and across all types of organizations. Taught by distinguished academic faculty and leading practitioners in the field, our offerings provide students with an educational experience that is immediately applicable in the workplace.

Program Paths Include:

Master of Science in Strategic Communication: Executive Path

For experienced (6+ years) communication leaders who wish to enhance their skills and strategic counsel expertise. Students are typically employed full-time while earning this accelerated degree. Coursework is completed in just 16 months, through a combination of primarily online instruction and on-campus intensives twice per semester.

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Master of Science in Strategic Communication: Full-Time Path

For early-career communication professionals and career-changers. Students attend courses on Columbia’s New York City campus. The program can be completed in 12 months (three consecutive semesters) or 16 months. (This is the only option for international students requiring a student visa.)

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Master of Science in Strategic Communication: Part-Time Path

For working professionals looking for flexibility in their course load. This option allows students to earn the degree in as little as 24 months or up to three years. Classes are primarily online with one on-campus weekend intensive at the start of each of the first two semesters.

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Executive Education in Strategic Communication

Designed as a week-long, noncredit option for experienced communication executives who want to learn and practice strategies that respond to the challenges and opportunities in the global marketplace.

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Program Options
Program Option Required Experience Course Formats Time Commitment
Executive Path

6+ years of experience as a communication leader

Combination of on-campus and online 

Study while employed; can be based in or outside greater NYC area

16 months, part-time

Full‑Time Path

Early-career communication professionals or career-changers

On Campus

Must be based in greater NYC area

12 or 16 months, full-time

Part‑Time Path

Individuals employed full-time or experienced communications professionals


Combination of on-campus and online instruction

Study while employed; can be based in or outside greater NYC area

Up to 3 years, part-time

Fast Facts

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Leadership The program was launched in 2002, pioneering the field of Strategic Communication.
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Access Learn from leaders in the professional world, alongside top academics in the field.
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Opportunity More than 800 program alumni, who hold pivotal roles in a wide variety of organizations.

Why You Should Apply to Columbia's Strategic Communication Program

  • Extraordinary faculty with a passion for teaching, who will help you explore the latest communication theories and practical applications to advance your career.
  • A hands-on, interactive, small-class environment in which everyone can learn and thrive.
  • Lifelong friendships and connections with your cohort and highly engaged faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Learn more about Strategic Communication at Columbia University School of Professional Studies, or contact the program admissions counselor.

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As admissions to our program is highly competitive, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Learn more about the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

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