The MSC Hybrid Leadership Program is designed for seasoned professionals and is perfect if you are looking for an opportunity to boost your career while managing your other responsibilities.
The Hybrid Leadership Program will teach you the skills necessary to give you a competitive advantage in the workplace. The teaching methods are tailored to the online learning environment while the curriculum combines more than 30 years of communication education at Northwestern University.
The “Hybrid” aspect of this program refers to the combined online/on-campus format. The curriculum, tailored to those with management experience, includes four in-residence seminars to immerse you in content, simulations, and skills training that cannot be honed and refined online. Seminar topics include:
- Cultural Intelligence and Managing Inclusion
- Crisis Communication Management
- Leading Collaboration
- Executive Presence and Elegant Communication
“I really enjoyed the people – my classmates, the staff, the profs were all amazing. The academic learning experience and the fact that this is an MS from a prestigious school will be helpful in career advancement, and it was also a great opportunity to refresh my academic juices. I also loved the mix of online and on-campus interactions.”
– Kunwoo You, Class of 2017
You’ll participate in the online classes and spend your in-residences with a cohort of other experienced leaders, forming a greater bond than online-only programs can offer. While on campus, you will have the opportunity to network with the MSC alumni community. You’ll take one course at a time through our cutting-edge distance learning technology that will bring an interactive classroom to you. This allows professors to design the courses utilizing the best tools for each topic including asynchronous class sessions and activities, office hours for live interactions with the professors, and small-group work with your peers.
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Application Process and Materials
Application Process and Materials
Our application is quick and easy to fill out online.
360° ReviewAs a member of the Hybrid Leadership Program, you will participate in an individualized 360° leadership review customized by the Master of Science in Communication program. The review is tightly integrated with both the program curriculum and the personalized career coaching for the MSC program.
You will partner with the MSC executive career coach to use the 360 tool to advance your career. Your personalized feedback will be used in a series of one-on-one coaching appointments and in several in-person sessions.
Courses*Courses are designed for experienced professionals looking to develop applicable skills and frameworks to take your career to the next level. Students take one course at a time in five week sessions. Academic content is delivered online through our innovative learning platform. This process enables you to dive deeply into the concepts one class at a time and at an accelerated pace. You will also participate in four in-residence seminars on the Northwestern Evanston campus where you will have opportunities to master and produce the skills you have learned online while engaging with your fellow classmates.
Foundations of Strategic Communication Management
Collaboration & Technology
Using Data to Make Informed Decisions
Leadership & Decision-Making
Current Issues in Law, Technology & Strategy
Understanding and Leveraging Networks
Communication Skills Practicum
Elegant communication is one of the three foundational areas of the MSC program. In this hybrid class, students are trained both in person and online in key communication skills necessary for effective leadership: cultural intelligence and managing inclusion, crisis communication management, informative public speaking, persuasive public speaking, running an effective meeting, facilitating open dialogue, mindful listening, and executive presence. This full credit course is spread throughout the year in both online and in residence sessions.
“The program really made me look inward and analyze my strengths and weaknesses. In almost every class you were able to really reflect on yourself and your career and put what you were learning to use immediately.”
– Tom Mcguire, Class of 2017
The MSC Capstone Project integrates all of the coursework and practical experience of the MSC program. Students will demonstrate that they have achieved all of the learning outcomes of the program through a three-part class that extends the entire duration
of their program. First, using an ePortfolio format, students will reflect on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies they gained in the MSC program and provide tangible samples of work as substantial evidence of these accomplishments. Second,
students will demonstrate that they can apply their knowledge and skills to new problems through either the development of a training and development package or through the realization of a strategic communication assessment. Third, students will demonstrate
their communication skills through a public presentation about the added value their MSC degree confers.
*Classes subject to change.
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