Degrees Offered: MA, MA/MBA
Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs offers a practical and flexible Master of Arts in communication. We provide a cutting-edge curriculum that integrates digital technology with innovative strategic communication and strong writing skills that can take your career to the next level.
The Hopkins MA in communication teaches practical and applied knowledge from the perspective of social scientists who study effective communication and 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.
In our core courses, Hopkins students learn to conduct and read primary research so they can create powerful messages and design and implement the most effective communication campaigns possible. Combining the study of best practices with what research shows is effective communication gives our communication graduates a competitive advantage in the workplace.
The communication program is designed to be flexible so students can take classes at a full- or part-time pace. We offer classes in the evenings and/or online so students need not interrupt their professional careers. Degree candidates can complete an MA in communication degree online or by taking a combination of in-person and online classes. Students who work full time can take one or two communication courses a semester; those who do not can take up to four. We offer courses and admission to the MA in communication all year (fall, spring, and summer).
The master's degree in communication is housed at the D.C. Center of the Johns Hopkins University. The JHU Washington Center is walking distance from the Dupont Circle metro stop, and reduced-rate garage parking is available to students during classes. There is no residency requirement for students who elect to take all of their classes online.
Most of our students are full-time communication professionals who apply to our program for its flexibility. Hopkins alumni from the communication program work in the press offices of federal agencies, in the public relations and marketing departments of major corporations, and as communication directors for non-profit organizations. Students and alumni have access to our exclusive job opportunities listserv and the Johns Hopkins Virtual Career Network. The division also has a full-time career counselor on staff to work with students.
Through the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP), the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offers flexible graduate degrees and certificate programs that respond to the unique educational requirements of working adults seeking to pursue their professional and personal development through academic exploration.
Onsite courses are offered in the evening and on Saturdays to fit your busy schedule. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
AAP offers classes across four sites: Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C., Center near Dupont Circle; Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, MD; and online.
All programs are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.