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Professional Communication (MA)

Professional Communication (MA)
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Gain the tools to advance your communication career

DePaul’s new Professional Communication MA program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance your career. Through this online master’s in communication, you’ll become a purpose-driven, socially responsible leader in the workplace and beyond.

Our accelerated program provides you with the flexibility to fit your busy schedule and complete your master’s degree in just one year.

Learn from award-winning faculty with strong academic credentials, industry experience and a commitment to student mentoring and professional development. Through our master’s in Professional Communication program, you’ll take all of your classes as a cohort—a team of academic colleagues with a wide range of communication backgrounds—as you learn together, build lifelong relationships with each other and grow your professional network.

You’ll also participate in two optional in-person residencies, designed to foster strong connections between you and your cohort members, professors, alumni and industry leaders from numerous Chicago-based organizations.

For your final graduation project, you’ll work on a real-world communication challenge that benefits an organization’s stakeholders and builds your portfolio.

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Connections in a dynamic communication market

Chicago is a hub for the communication industry. Our professors are closely connected to corporations and institutions, ad agencies and PR firms, and print, online and broadcast media outlets in the market. And with their help, you’ll build your professional portfolio and establish your own connections, too.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall quarter: August 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, essay questions, writing sample, letters of recommendation and résumé.

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Required Courses

You’ll take 12 courses and participate in two weekend residencies. Complete your degree with a final project.

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of College of Communication master’s degree recipients were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Explore social issues with expert faculty

You’ll take classes with Kate Cooper, whose research focuses on the nonprofit sector. She studies how organizations attempt to solve social issues in education, refugee populations, and gender-based violence. She recently co-authored a book, “Networks for Social Impact,” examining ways that nonprofit groups, businesses, and governments work together to address problems.

“DePaul’s MA in Professional Communication is ideal for busy professionals who aspire to leadership roles. In one year of focused and insightful work, students learn about industry trends, best practices, innovative technology, and research, all while sharpening their communication and leadership skills. Students work closely with DePaul faculty and a cohort of tenured communication professionals. This creates an optimal setting to discuss class content with the sharpest minds in communication whose experiences and perspectives enrich class concepts, allowing for practical applications in your workplaces.”

Arek (MA '22)

Manager, Culture and Internal Communications
Alliant Credit Union
gazda, DePaul College of Communication MA alum  


The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

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