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Career Opportunities with a Degree in Strategic Communication

Career opportunities in PR and Strategic Communication are projected to continue growing as companies, public entities, and nonprofits find they need experts to help them navigate complex new avenues of digital and public communication. Masters graduates of American University’s School of Communication are prepared to enter the workforce inside the Beltway and beyond as media relations managers, publicists, public relations consultants, social media outreach coordinators, and campaign managers. The online MA in Strategic Communication will empower you to take advantage of opportunities in all spheres—corporations, government, the nonprofit sector, and entrepreneurship.

According to U.S. News and World Report, Washington, D.C. is one of the strongest PR hot spots in America, where the average annual salary of a PR specialist is over $99,000. However, the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication will prepare you to work for businesses and organizations beyond Washington.

While technology and platforms may change and evolve, the need for effective communication will remain. With the conceptual tools and strategic-thinking skills you’ll gain in this program, you’ll be able to adapt to developments in the field and transform yourself over the course of your career.

Statistics Show Success

Our Graduate Census shows that 95 percent of School of Communication graduate students were employed within six months of graduation. Their employers included:

  • Discovery Communication
  • Edelman
  • American Public Health Association
  • Ogilvy
  • Hearst Television Inc.
  • NPR
  • Microsoft
  • Reuters
  • U.S. Department of State

Critical Skills for Current Needs

AU’s online programs are shaped by what employers need – preparing you to meet industry trends and requirements.

Career Services

American University’s career center offers the same services online and over the phone that it does on campus. Currently enrolled students and alumni have access to resources for their job search, career advising, internships and scholarships.

Students and graduates can also network, look for jobs, and apply for positions by making an account at AU Career Web, our online career search tool.

Amplify your career potential with the online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication: Call us at 855-725-7614, or request more information.