SNHU Launches New Master’s in Communication Online Degree

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Online program stresses technology, focuses on practical coursework.

The degree emphasizes practical applications of communication skills and evolving technologies.

In a world where we are all constantly communicating, how does someone rise above and stand out in communication-related professions? Southern New Hampshire University’s new Master of Arts in Communication online degree, open to applicants on February 1, provides an answer.

The SNHU master’s in Communication online degree consists of 12 courses (for 36 credits) taught by respected communication instructors. Participants will build their communication skill sets through online coursework that applies directly to real-world situations in such areas as public relations, social media and marketing. Program graduates can expect to be more valuable and marketable, and have more career choices open to them.

“The appeal of this degree is that it can be used to increase opportunities and success in nearly all professions. With that in mind, the possibilities are limitless,” said Patrick Hayes, assistant dean for writing and communication programs at SNHU. “Most people who’ll find this program attractive will be those who embrace progress. They see how technology is advancing at light-speed, and understand that it can only benefit their careers if they can keep pace with it, perhaps even ahead of it, and be communicative leaders.”

SNHU designed its master’s in Communication online degree for professionals who are drawn to the strategy and practice of communication as they may be currently experiencing it in their jobs and lives. These individuals find the communication field exciting and they want to become more deeply involved and more marketable in their communication careers.

SNHU created the program 100-percent online to make coursework convenient for working adults. Furthermore, the degree emphasizes practical applications of communication skills and evolving technologies. Hayes said, “By focusing on a practical application degree, our program is distinct from other schools that currently offer communication coursework that is rooted in dated practices and traditional theory. We want students to be able to apply what they learn to their life every day.”

The program’s 12 courses include seven core courses, four electives and a final, comprehensive “capstone” course that rolls up the program’s coursework in an intensive, real-world exercise. While participants can choose any four of the eight available elective courses, they may instead participate in one of two concentrations: Public Relations and New Media & Marketing. Candidates can complete their degrees in as few as 18 months.

SNHU’s master’s in Communication online degree program recognizes that strong writing and communication skills are highly valued in all industries today. Students in the program will take those skills to a far higher level as they fine-tune their personal brands, learn how to optimize technology to execute a communication strategy, explore legal and ethical issues, and even learn best practices for crisis management and damage control.

Hayes said, “SNHU also understands the incredibly rapid transformations happening in the communication field. Our master’s in Communication online degree will equip graduates to anticipate change, stay ahead of the curve and take the lead as we move forward.”

Visit Southern New Hampshire University’s website to learn more about the new Master of Arts in Communication online degree.


Southern New Hampshire University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited university with an 80-year history of educating successful professionals. SNHU has a total enrollment of over 23,000 students in more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, available online, at our main campus in Manchester, N.H., and at our regional centers in New Hampshire and Maine. SNHU was the only university to make Fast Company’s 2012 list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, ranking 12th overall.

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