Propel yourself forward with critical knowledge and skills.
Over the last 40 years, the MSC has evolved to include new formats, enhanced outcomes, and strategic frameworks. But our goal has never changed: to empower new and experienced leaders to communicate effectively and with purpose.
“My professional and personal growth has been entirely reshaped by the MSC program. I’m a stronger writer and a better teammate because of our classes. I have a much different perspective on effective leadership. I also built invaluable mentorship relationships – I landed my current job on the Pritzker campaign thanks to the advocacy of one of my closest professors.
Jr. Speechwriter & Press Assistant | JB for Governor
Class of 2022
The MSC Curriculum Framework
Communication is both art and science. Knowledge can be conceptual, applied, or practical. At Northwestern, we help bridge these gaps using a learning framework composed of three fundamental themes.
This dynamic framework provides you the scaffolding for learning new skills and advancing your leadership goals.
Proactively embrace complexity while learning to assess and navigate intricate organizational structures in the service of your broader communication goals.
Discover how to lead collaboratively through an experiential curriculum that focuses on decision-making, networking, and diverse group management.
Learn to critically analyze and deliver elegant messages — appropriate to your audience, purpose, and context — and evolve your strategic communication planning practices.
MSC Curriculum Paths
Choose from one of two primary paths and connect with world-class faculty, all while gaining a competitive advantage in the workplace as you master new skills and explore new ideas.
Earn the same MSC degree and credits through two unique paths.
The Custom Leadership Program (CLP) offers a unique in-person experience for every student, regardless of where you are in your career.
Focus on one course at a time with the Online Leadership Program (OLP). This online, 5-week session sprint format allows students to explore each topic in-depth.
During your coursework, you’ll build skills and develop tools for all communication and leadership challenges careers and life throw your way. Work towards these learning outcomes in a structured and incredibly supportive cohort environment — whichever program path you choose.
Over the course of the program, you’ll create a three-part cumulative deliverable that integrates academic discoveries, a skills-based project, and the design and implementation of your own personal brand.
The Capstone Project serves as far more than an assessment of your learning. Your Capstone is a deep dive into the experience you take with you as you forge new paths in your career.
In this project, you’ll combine knowledge from your coursework; past, present, and future career interests and experiences; and research from the academic discipline of communication studies.
Your professional identity is the sum of all parts of your brand narrative. You tell that narrative with brand collateral.
We’ve designed and developed co-curriculum opportunities for you to advance your knowledge, skills, and network. These opportunities will help shape your capstone project.