Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership

Are you a dedicated professional looking to improve your strategic communication skills?

Ashland University's Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership (MASCL) program is one of the most innovative programs nationwide.

Contact Us

Olga Z. Monacell, Ph.D.
Program Director, M.A. in Strategic Communication & Leadership; Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
328 Center for the Arts, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 289-5141
omonacel@ashland.edu

Sarah Wells, BA '03, MFA '15
Program Coordinator, M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership
Clayton Hall Room 103, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 289-5098
swells@ashland.edu

For Admissions, please contact:

Call Us:
419-289-5738
E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

Curriculum

The program is 100% online and is designed to fit your individualized life-style. It can be completed in as little as 18 months!

The program is delivered in asynchronous format allowing for flexible schedules. You can study at your convenience without sacrificing your job or family life. Ashland University's Corporate and Strategic Communication program will help you move ahead in your career without putting your life on hold.

Courses are offered in three semesters: Spring (January), Summer (May) and Fall (August)

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership

M.A. in Strategic Communication & Leadership Degree

This 30 hour online degree is comprised of the following curriculum: (15 required and 15 elective credit hours)

Course NumberTitleHrs.
COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3
COM 520 Data-Informed Decision Making 3
COM 620 Strategic Communication 3
COM 670 Communication and Leadership 3
COM 775/780/798 Exit Option: research project or internship 3
Elective Courses (select 5)
COM 590 Public Relations (3)
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM 640 Organizational Communication (3)
COM 660 Professional Speaking (3)
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication (3)
COM 770 Special Topics in Strategic Communication (3)
MBA 552 Training and Development (3)

Stackable Graduate Certificates

1 Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Strategic Communication - 9 required credit hours

CourseTitle
COM 510 Intro to Graduate Studies
COM 520 Data-Informed Decision Making
COM 620 Strategic Communication

2 Graduate Certificate in Applied Strategic Communication - 15 credit hours (9 required and 6 elective hours)

CourseTitle
Required Courses
COM 510 Intro to Graduate Studies
COM 520 Data-Informed Decision Making
COM 620 Strategic Communication
Elective Courses (select 2)
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication
COM 640 Organizational Communication
COM 590 Public Relations
COM 660 Professional Speaking
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication
COM 670 Communication and Leadership
COM 680 Social Media Platforming

3 Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies - 18 credit hours (15 required and 3 elective credit hours) 

COURSETITLE
Required Courses
COM 510 Intro to Graduate Studies
COM 520 Data-Informed Decision Making
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication
COM 640 Organizational Communication
COM 660 Professional Speaking
Elective Courses (select 1)
COM 620 Strategic Communication
COM 590 Public Relations
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication
COM 670 Communication and Leadership
COM 680 Social Media Platforming
College Credit Plus - Communication

The Master of Arts in Corporate and Strategic Communication offers a College Credit Plus curriculum for high school teachers who have a master's degree and are interested in earning the required 18 credit hours of concentration to teach Human Communication or other core communication courses.

18 Credit Hour Curriculum

Course NumberTitleHours
Required
COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication 3
COM 520 Data Driven Decision Making 3
COM 620 Strategic Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) 3
COM 640 Organizational Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) 3
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) 3
 
Choose one
COM 540 Health Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 590 Public Relations (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 680 Seminar in Social Media (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 690 Public Relations Campaigns (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 750 Seminar in Health & Risk Communications (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 770 Special Topics in Corporate and Strategic Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)

For more information, please contact Graduate Admissions at 419.289.5738

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the MASCL program?

Students can complete the MASCL program in as little as 18 months by taking two or three courses per semester.

Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required?

No. We require students to have completed an undergraduate degree. Our careful review of applications, resumes and prior education accomplishments allows us to predict success in the program.

What is the tuition rate and how much will the MASCL program cost?

Please view the current Graduate School Tuition & Fees page.

When will I hear about admissions?

Generally, an admission decision will be sent to applicants within two to three weeks after the receipt of a completed application file.  A completed application file includes the application form (completed online), official transcripts, resume, and a $30 application fee.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  While there is no particular deadline, it is suggested that applicants ensure that all required items are received at our office at least one month prior to the start of the semester of intended enrollment.

How often will courses be offered

Courses will be offered in an asynchronous format allowing for flexible schedules on an ongoing rotation.

How are textbooks purchased?

Textbook information can be found on each course syllabus. Students will be responsible for purchasing textbooks and required material. Professors will list complete textbook information including the ICN and the publisher’s web address.

Who will serve as the student's academic adviser?

The Academic Advisors in the Graduate, Online, and Adult Center for Academic Support will serve as the student's academic advisor. They will assist with course planning, registration, and program review . Students are also encouraged to seek advice from faculty members, especially regarding career planning and which courses to take.

Is there a corporate reimbursement option available for students whose company or organization provides tuition assistance for employees?

Yes. Students with a corporate reimbursement options may delay their tuition payment until the end of the semester. Upon receiving final grades, the student will have approximately 30 days to pay the balance due. There is a $40 corporate reimbursement fee per course that will be assessed to the account of these students.

Is Ashland University accredited?

Yes.  Ashland University is a private, non-profit, comprehensive university founded in 1878.  The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Job Center

Many job opportunities for corporate and strategic communication posted on these sites:

Additional job postings and search resources can be obtained through the Ashland University Career Services Center

Job Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (placing health and risk communication under the larger heading of public relations) estimates that there will be a 24% growth in employment of health and risk communication professionals by 2018 (www.bls.gov.)

Contact Us

Contact Us

Olga Z. Monacell, Ph.D.
Program Director, M.A. in Strategic Communication & Leadership; Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
328 Center for the Arts, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 289-5141
omonacel@ashland.edu

Sarah Wells, BA '03, MFA '15
Program Coordinator, M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership
Clayton Hall Room 103, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 289-5098
swells@ashland.edu

For Admissions, please contact:

Call Us:
419-289-5738
E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

The program is 100% online and is designed to fit your individualized life-style. It can be completed in as little as 18 months!

The program is delivered in asynchronous format allowing for flexible schedules. You can study at your convenience without sacrificing your job or family life. Ashland University's Corporate and Strategic Communication program will help you move ahead in your career without putting your life on hold.

Courses are offered in three semesters: Spring (January), Summer (May) and Fall (August)

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership

M.A. in Strategic Communication & Leadership Degree

This 30 hour online degree is comprised of the following curriculum: (15 required and 15 elective credit hours)

Course NumberTitleHrs.
COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3
COM 520 Data-Informed Decision Making 3
COM 620 Strategic Communication 3
COM 670 Communication and Leadership 3
COM 775/780/798 Exit Option: research project or internship 3
Elective Courses (select 5)
COM 590 Public Relations (3)
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM 640 Organizational Communication (3)
COM 660 Professional Speaking (3)
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication (3)
COM 770 Special Topics in Strategic Communication (3)
MBA 552 Training and Development (3)

Stackable Graduate Certificates

1 Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Strategic Communication - 9 required credit hours

CourseTitle
COM 510 Intro to Graduate Studies
COM 520 Data-Informed Decision Making
COM 620 Strategic Communication

2 Graduate Certificate in Applied Strategic Communication - 15 credit hours (9 required and 6 elective hours)

CourseTitle
Required Courses
COM 510 Intro to Graduate Studies
COM 520 Data-Informed Decision Making
COM 620 Strategic Communication
Elective Courses (select 2)
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication
COM 640 Organizational Communication
COM 590 Public Relations
COM 660 Professional Speaking
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication
COM 670 Communication and Leadership
COM 680 Social Media Platforming

3 Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies - 18 credit hours (15 required and 3 elective credit hours) 

COURSETITLE
Required Courses
COM 510 Intro to Graduate Studies
COM 520 Data-Informed Decision Making
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication
COM 640 Organizational Communication
COM 660 Professional Speaking
Elective Courses (select 1)
COM 620 Strategic Communication
COM 590 Public Relations
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication
COM 670 Communication and Leadership
COM 680 Social Media Platforming
College Credit Plus - Communication

The Master of Arts in Corporate and Strategic Communication offers a College Credit Plus curriculum for high school teachers who have a master's degree and are interested in earning the required 18 credit hours of concentration to teach Human Communication or other core communication courses.

18 Credit Hour Curriculum

Course NumberTitleHours
Required
COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication 3
COM 520 Data Driven Decision Making 3
COM 620 Strategic Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) 3
COM 640 Organizational Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) 3
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) 3
 
Choose one
COM 540 Health Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 590 Public Relations (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 680 Seminar in Social Media (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 690 Public Relations Campaigns (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 750 Seminar in Health & Risk Communications (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)
COM 770 Special Topics in Corporate and Strategic Communication (Prerequisites: COM 510, 520) (3)

For more information, please contact Graduate Admissions at 419.289.5738

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the MASCL program?

Students can complete the MASCL program in as little as 18 months by taking two or three courses per semester.

Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required?

No. We require students to have completed an undergraduate degree. Our careful review of applications, resumes and prior education accomplishments allows us to predict success in the program.

What is the tuition rate and how much will the MASCL program cost?

Please view the current Graduate School Tuition & Fees page.

When will I hear about admissions?

Generally, an admission decision will be sent to applicants within two to three weeks after the receipt of a completed application file.  A completed application file includes the application form (completed online), official transcripts, resume, and a $30 application fee.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  While there is no particular deadline, it is suggested that applicants ensure that all required items are received at our office at least one month prior to the start of the semester of intended enrollment.

How often will courses be offered

Courses will be offered in an asynchronous format allowing for flexible schedules on an ongoing rotation.

How are textbooks purchased?

Textbook information can be found on each course syllabus. Students will be responsible for purchasing textbooks and required material. Professors will list complete textbook information including the ICN and the publisher’s web address.

Who will serve as the student's academic adviser?

The Academic Advisors in the Graduate, Online, and Adult Center for Academic Support will serve as the student's academic advisor. They will assist with course planning, registration, and program review . Students are also encouraged to seek advice from faculty members, especially regarding career planning and which courses to take.

Is there a corporate reimbursement option available for students whose company or organization provides tuition assistance for employees?

Yes. Students with a corporate reimbursement options may delay their tuition payment until the end of the semester. Upon receiving final grades, the student will have approximately 30 days to pay the balance due. There is a $40 corporate reimbursement fee per course that will be assessed to the account of these students.

Is Ashland University accredited?

Yes.  Ashland University is a private, non-profit, comprehensive university founded in 1878.  The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Job Center

Job Center

Many job opportunities for corporate and strategic communication posted on these sites:

Additional job postings and search resources can be obtained through the Ashland University Career Services Center

Job Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (placing health and risk communication under the larger heading of public relations) estimates that there will be a 24% growth in employment of health and risk communication professionals by 2018 (www.bls.gov.)

Organizations

Overview

Continue your career journey and rise through the ranks with a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership.

The 100% asynchronous online format of our program was designed with busy professionals in mind—those who juggle multiple responsibilities at work and at home and who want flexibility in pursuing a graduate degree or a graduate certificate.

Our students benefit from a dynamic balance of theory, research and practical application to learn current trends in the fast-paced communication industry, support organizational goals and manage issues surrounding the organization and its stakeholders.

Our faculty bring expertise in all areas of communication, accumulated both in academia and industry, and a passion for the many ways communication can be applied to the wellbeing of organizations. They are committed to guiding you toward completing the program and growing your career. 

Learning Experience and Curriculum

Our courses are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters. With 8-week terms and only 30 credit hours required to earn a master’s degree, students can graduate in as little as 18 months. The exit options include a research project or an internship for an organization of your choice. [hyperlink to the requirements for the MA degree – see below]

The program also offers three stackable graduate certificates: foundations of strategic communication (9 credit hours), applied strategic communication (15 credit hours) and communication studies (18 credit hours). [hyperlink to the requirements for each graduate certificate – see below]

Regardless of where you are in your career journey—a recent college graduate, an early- or mid-career professional, a military service member or a veteran—our curriculum offerings will enrich your understanding of strategic communication and help you assume an executive role in your organization.

Our Core Courses

  • Data-driven decision making
  • Strategic communication
  • Public relations
  • Organizational communication
  • Leadership
  • Risk and crisis communication

Graduate Outcome 

Our students sharpen their written and oral communication skills to improve organizational cultures and strengthen relationships with internal and external stakeholders across multimedia platforms. They acquire analytical and ethical skills necessary to identify organizational problems and propose solutions. In other words, our program equips students with knowledge that allows them to advance their careers in various industries and organizational settings—business, nonprofit, government, agency, politics, education, entrepreneurship and more.

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