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MA in Strategic Communication: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me more about American University’s School of Communication?
American has offered degrees and programs in communication for decades, but SOC officially became a stand-alone unit in 1993. Today SOC has 45 full-time faculty positions, some 950 undergraduate and 350 graduate students, and 50 staff members. Our more than 8,000 alumni include Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of CBS News’ 48 Hours; Jim Brady, formerly executive editor at; and David Drobis, chairman emeritus of Ketchum, one of the country’s top public relations firms.

How soon can I earn my degree?
By taking two courses per semester, you can earn your master’s degree in Strategic Communication in just 20 months.

Do I have to have a background in communication to apply?
No. In fact, many of our students enroll in the program to join the field.

What do I need to apply to the program?
Please submit:

  • A completed Graduate Application
  • A $55 application fee, this requirement is waived for students starting in January 2014
  • A statement of purpose
  • A copy of your resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, which may be from former professors as well as current or former employers
  • Official copies of transcripts of undergraduate and relevant graduate work. (If a degree was earned outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluated transcript from World Educational Services or Educational Credential Evaulators is required.)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English or who received an undergraduate degree from an institution outside the United States must supply a TOEFL score

Can I transfer credit for previous graduate work?
We may accept up to six hours of graduate work from another institution that applies directly to the degree.

Are there any specializations offered?
Not at this time, but you may explore your professional interests within Strategic Communication further through your course projects and chosen elective.

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