Master of Arts in Corporate and Strategic Communication

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

Ashland University's Master of Fine Arts in Corporate Strategic Communication (MACSC) program is one of the most innovative programs nationwide.

Contact Us

For program information and class scheduling, please contact:

Call Us:
419.289.5738
E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

For Academic Advising, please contact:

Center for Academic Support Services-Graduate, Online & Adult Students
Schar College of Education Suite 114-115

Call Us:
419-289-5081
E-mail: goa-advising@ashland.edu

Last Names A-L

Molly Priest
Phone: 419.207.6433
E-mail: mpriest2@ashland.edu

Last Names E-Z

Rachel Yocum
Phone: 419.289.5256
E-mail: ryocum@ashland.edu

For Admissions, please contact:

Call Us:
419.289.5738
E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

Mission

The Master of Arts in Corporate and Strategic Communication (MACSC) program is dedicated to serving its students through excellent educational experiences leading to professional transformation, intellectual growth and a culture of life-long learning.

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 Corporate and Strategic Communication

This 30 hour online degree is comprised of the following curriculum:

Course NumberTitleHrs.Prerequisites
COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication 3 None
COM 520 Data-Driven Decision Making 3 None
COM 620 Strategic Communication 3 COM 510, 520
COM 640 Organizational Communication 3 COM 510, 520
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication 3 COM 510, 520
3 credits of any combination of: 3
COM 775 Academic Research in Corporate & Strategic Comm (1-3) 21 credits completed toward MACSC
COM 780 Capstone in Communication Studies (1-3) 21 credits completed toward MACSC
COM 798 Internship in Communication (1-3) 21 credits completed toward MACSC
Elective Courses (12 credits): 12
COM 540 Health Communication (3) COM 510, 520
COM 590 Public Relations (3) COM 510, 520
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication (3) COM 510, 520
COM 680 Seminar in Social Media (3) COM 510, 520
COM 690 Public Relations Campaigns (3) COM 510, 520
COM 750 Seminar in Health & Risk (3) COM 510, 520
COM 770 Special Topics in Corporate & Strategic Comm (3) COM 510, 520
Total Hours: 30
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

Faculty

Honored Visiting Faculty

Gwen A. Hullman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Ashland University

Corey Liberman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Marymount Manhattan College

Kevin B. Wright, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, George Mason University

Debra Buenting, San Diego State University

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the MACSC program?

Students can complete the MACSC 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 MACSC 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

For program information and class scheduling, please contact:

Call Us:
419.289.5738
E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

For Academic Advising, please contact:

Center for Academic Support Services-Graduate, Online & Adult Students
Schar College of Education Suite 114-115

Call Us:
419-289-5081
E-mail: goa-advising@ashland.edu

Last Names A-L

Molly Priest
Phone: 419.207.6433
E-mail: mpriest2@ashland.edu

Last Names E-Z

Rachel Yocum
Phone: 419.289.5256
E-mail: ryocum@ashland.edu

For Admissions, please contact:

Call Us:
419.289.5738
E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

Mission

Mission

The Master of Arts in Corporate and Strategic Communication (MACSC) program is dedicated to serving its students through excellent educational experiences leading to professional transformation, intellectual growth and a culture of life-long learning.

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 Corporate and Strategic Communication

This 30 hour online degree is comprised of the following curriculum:

Course NumberTitleHrs.Prerequisites
COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication 3 None
COM 520 Data-Driven Decision Making 3 None
COM 620 Strategic Communication 3 COM 510, 520
COM 640 Organizational Communication 3 COM 510, 520
COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication 3 COM 510, 520
3 credits of any combination of: 3
COM 775 Academic Research in Corporate & Strategic Comm (1-3) 21 credits completed toward MACSC
COM 780 Capstone in Communication Studies (1-3) 21 credits completed toward MACSC
COM 798 Internship in Communication (1-3) 21 credits completed toward MACSC
Elective Courses (12 credits): 12
COM 540 Health Communication (3) COM 510, 520
COM 590 Public Relations (3) COM 510, 520
COM 630 Interpersonal Communication (3) COM 510, 520
COM 680 Seminar in Social Media (3) COM 510, 520
COM 690 Public Relations Campaigns (3) COM 510, 520
COM 750 Seminar in Health & Risk (3) COM 510, 520
COM 770 Special Topics in Corporate & Strategic Comm (3) COM 510, 520
Total Hours: 30
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

Faculty

Faculty

Honored Visiting Faculty

Gwen A. Hullman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Ashland University

Corey Liberman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Marymount Manhattan College

Kevin B. Wright, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, George Mason University

Debra Buenting, San Diego State University

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the MACSC program?

Students can complete the MACSC 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 MACSC 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

What to Expect

Corporate and Strategic communication has become one of the fastest growing areas in Communication Studies due to a current high demand for skilled communication professionals. Ashland University’s MACSC program is a fast-paced, intensive degree that provides you with opportunities to work with real clients on strategic communication problems and projects to ensure a successful career.

Program Benefits

As a student in the Master of Fine Arts in Corporate Strategic Communication program, you’ll:

  • Achieve flexibility from this 100 percent online degree program that allows you to work around your schedule

  • Gain a deeper background in public relations and health and risk communication for a variety of skills applicable to numerous careers

  • Benefit from a dynamic balance of communication theory, research, and application for a well-rounded education

  • Graduate in as little as 18 months with this 30 credit hour program

Why Choose Ashland's Corporate & Strategic Communication Program?

Why choose Ashland's Corporate & Strategic Communication Program?

  • A growing focus on corporate responsibility, public safety and preparedness has led to a need for competent communication skills and the growth of Corporate and Strategic Communication.
  • A curriculum with a strong focus on health and safety, public relations and strategic communication sectors.
  • Development of communication-intensive skills that reflect equity and justice and are adaptable to everchanging communications landscapes.
  • Opportunity to engage and contribute to the discourse of communication-related issues regarding strategic communications, health care and risk that are being deliberated at local, national and international levels.

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