Global Strategic Communication MS

About the Global Strategic Communication Master's at Loyola

Cookie-cutter messages and campaigns don't cut it in our globalized world. As business becomes increasingly multinational and top-of-mind issues take on a worldwide focus, communicators need to navigate an interconnected world to create culturally relevant messages and campaigns that engage a diverse range of stakeholders.

The MS in Global Strategic Communication will build your skillset and elevate your knowledge base to prepare you for today's more complex media and global communication roles. The two-year, 36-credit program features small, hands-on classes and real-world client projects focusing on critical thinking, creativity, strategic planning, global perspective, and ethical communication.

Whether you're a recent graduate looking to jumpstart a communication career, a communicator who wants to build or advance a career on the global stage or a mid-career professional seeking expanded skills and digital fluency to move into global communication management, the M.S. in Global Strategic Communication will prepare you with the expert knowledge and up-to-date digital and analytical tools needed for a competitive edge.

Our students have undergraduate degrees in public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, communication studies, English, business, management, political science, and psychology. Relevant professional experience in communication or related fields is valued but not required.

Program Structure

The strategic communications program is structured to accommodate busy working professionals with evening courses and full-time and part-time options for completion.

  • Full-time students take three classes per semester and complete the program typically within two years

  • Part-time students take two classes per semester and have up to three years to complete the program

For added flexibility, you have the option to switch between full- and part-time enrollment to accommodate your availability and schedule.

Classes are held on weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.

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Why Choose Loyola for Your Global Strategic Communication Master's?

Our faculty spent more than a year researching the future of strategic communication and asking employers — leaders of major corporations, communication agencies, nonprofits, and start-ups — what they look for in hiring and promoting communication professionals. We took those insights and designed a program to develop versatile communicators who are strong writers and strategic thinkers, who understand business, and have a global perspective.

Interdisciplinary focus aligns with today's media landscape

Traditional silos of public relations, advertising, marketing, and digital and social media are eroding in our fast-changing globalized world. Today's communication professionals need the know-how and flexibility to tap into all of them. The strategic communication master's synthesizes these disciplines and prepares you to communicate precise messages that engage with the right audiences through the most effective channels.

Experiencing global communication is better than just reading about it, that's why study abroad is a key element of the master's program. Two-week study and immersion opportunities are offered in global media capitals like London and Seoul to give you firsthand experience of how strategic communication is practiced around the world. Multicultural examples, cases, and perspectives are integrated throughout the curriculum to help you build and enhance a global perspective.

Our faculty's principal focus is on students and their success. Professors have deep connections in the strategic communication field and help students find jobs during and after the program.

Our downtown campus is located in one of the world's great media markets. Chicago is home to multinational corporations, leading communication agencies, prominent nonprofit organizations, and tech startups. Our location brings in guest speakers, facilitates class visits, and creates abundant opportunities for networking, employment, and professional development.

The strategic communication master's program is distinguished by small, highly personalized classes, a diverse mix of students, and an environment grounded by ethics and awareness of social justice. Students really get to know their classmates and form a supportive learning community. They also develop close bonds with their professors that last long after graduation.

Classes frequently partner with local nonprofits as pro bono clients, offering ample opportunities to do meaningful real-world projects. Whether it's developing a social media strategy or crafting an entire communication campaign, this work strengthens our community partnerships, enriches your portfolio, and enables you to shape and effectively express your personal brand.

Meet the Faculty

The School of Communication’s 30+ full-time faculty members are highly experienced teachers and enterprising scholars with significant backgrounds as professional communicators. They have helped lead such global strategic communication agencies as Edelman, FCB, FleishmanHillard, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy and Porter Novelli, were strategic communicators at Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits, and led their own communication firms.

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