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Online Master's Degree in Strategic Communication

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Online Master's Degree in Strategic Communication

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The Online Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication serves current and aspiring communication professionals by combining the rigorous standards of a University of Iowa education with the convenience of online accessibility.

The professional curriculum in this program prepares the student with concepts and skills to support a variety of careers in professional communication, including crisis communication, event planning, health communication, political campaign development, public affairs communication, social media-based communication, and strategic communication campaign development and writing.

The program’s foundational courses emphasize core professional principles, while giving students the option to focus on specific career aspirations through elective courses. Students may enroll in electives from within the program or across the university, depending on the courses’ level (minimum 3000) and availability. This degree program culminates in a capstone project in lieu of a thesis, which serves as a bridge to the professional world.

Note: All courses meet on-line once a week in the early evening. Some major courses and outside electives also schedule classroom sessions for those who live in the Iowa City or Des Moines areas.


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Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester—July 15
  • Spring semester—December 1
  • Summer semester—April 15

Questions about the Master's Program in Strategic Communication? Sign up for a time for an online chat via Zoom with our Program Director, Rachelle Biderman. Instructions on how to sign in for the session will be provided in your confirmation email. We look forward to talking to you!

Schedule an Online Information Session
To schedule an informational session at an alternate time, contact Rachelle-Biderman@uiowa.edu


Fall 2018 Semester Class Offerings 

(class details can be found on MyUI - scroll to find class)

  • JMC:5240:0EXW Digital Strategic Communication, Instructor: Eric Nelson
  • JMC:5248:0EXW Strategic Political Communication, Instructor: Bradley Knott
  • JMC:5266:0EXW Risk Communication, Instructor: Cory Kelly
  • JMC:5267:0EXW Strategic Health Care Communication, Instructor: Bruce Japsen
  • JMC:5270:0EXW Leadership Communication, Instructor: Jan Freed
  • JMC:5285:0IND Strategic Communication Externship
  • JMC:5300:0EXW Foundations of Strategic Communication, Instructor: Rachelle Biderman
  • JMC:5400:0EXW Strategic Communication Writing, Instructor: Rachelle Biderman

Degree Requirements and Description of Program Elements

Contact information:

Rachelle Biderman 
Director, Master’s in Strategic Communication
School of Journalism & Mass Communication
E320 Adler Journalism Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
rachelle-biderman@uiowa.edu
319-335-3341

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