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Explore Northwestern's Master of Science in Communication

Strengthen your leadership, build a personal brand, and communicate effectively.

What is a Master of Science in Communication?

Your first assignment? Define ‘Communication’.​

A Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern University is many things; an accelerated master degree program, a path to the C-Suite, and a way to define and master the words we use and stories we tell.

Through this transformative experience you will be prepared for success in any industry, any job function, any place in the world.

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Discover how the Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern transformed CEO Diana Hernandez’s organization.

A Life Changing Master's Program​

“I knew the fundamentals would not only help me in my job today but also in the rest of my career – no matter where I went.”

Lauren Pedi ’19

Senior Major Gifts Officer
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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Choose The Best Path To Your Master of Science in Communication​

Pick from two delivery formats and embark on a unique opportunity.​

Explore the two paths to your Northwestern MSC degree, each customized to your busy schedule and experience level.

Custom Leadership Program (CLP)

Build a customizable curriculum that matches your individual and work-related objectives.
  • Experience Level: All experience levels
  • Schedule: Students attend a mix of weekday and weekend courses. Courses last for 10 weeks each.

Online Leadership Program (OLP)

Leaders experience a fully online program to balance career and academic priorities.
  • Experience Level: Rising & Experienced Leaders
  • Schedule: Asynchronous online courses last for 5 weeks each

Earn Your Masters From Northwestern University

Gain the skills and confidence you need for a competitive advantage in the workplace.

Our small communication master’s classes ensure that you will receive personalized attention from our world-class faculty, leading academics, and industry experts who draw from extensive hands-on experience.

This expertise in communication strategy, leadership, organizational behavior, information technologies, and global economies is at the heart of a flexible and broadly relevant curriculum that applies to almost every industry.

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Meet the MSC Program Faculty​

Learn From Your Industry's Leaders​

Learn from leading academics and industry experts who are experienced leaders in business, government, and non-profit foundations.

The MSC Program’s professors choose to teach these classes — it’s not in their regular tenure load. Your instructors teach because they believe in the importance of this program and want to connect with you.

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Northwestern's Master of Science in Communication Admissions Information

Explore program requirements and application details before applying.​

MSC Degree Requirements

Find out what you need to submit an application to the MSC program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Learn more about the MSC program tuition and financial aid. 

How to Apply

Begin your online application, save your progress, and return to complete at any time.

Earn Your Master of Science in Communication​

Transform Yourself. Transform the World.