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Master’s in Professional Communication

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Written and verbal, print and digital, research and strategy, leadership and execution – effective communication is the key to achieving professional and organizational goals.

Having strong products, services, programs, and policies are important, but without the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, you will not garner the awareness, sales, and votes that make the difference between success and failure. In today’s business, media, and economic landscape, strong professional communication is essential in marketing, human resources, public relations, advertising, consulting, and many other fields.

Clark’s M.S. in Professional Communication (MSPC) program will hone your ability to communicate effectively in any context, be it social media or public speaking, developing content or managing teams, digital public relations or marketing communications strategy. You will learn to do communication research, analyze results, and leverage that knowledge in crafting and delivering your organization’s messages and ideas.

Why Study at Clark?

  • Gain communication skills that will help you be more effective in your current job, advance in your career, or explore opportunities in the communications fields.
  • Earn your degree while you work through flexible evening, online, and hybrid courses.
  • Increase your value in your present position by applying what you learn in class to actual work situations.
  • Benefit from the expertise of our highly qualified and experienced practitioner faculty.

Graduate school is about self-discovery and personal growth for Sarah Baldelli

Enrolling in graduate school just after completing her undergraduate degree was the right move for Sarah Baldelli. As an MSPC student, she’s able to be creative and nourish her love of learning. Graduate school, she says, is something she’s doing for herself.

I always thought getting a master’s would be useful and beneficial and I love learning. With grad school, it’s a little bit more about me and my personal growth, my goals and, you know, my motivations and kind of self-discovery.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Like other School of Professional Studies (SPS) programs, you can try up to two classes before officially enrolling in the MSPC program. This option – along with start dates in January, June, or September – provides the flexibility and accessibility that working professionals need.

Once enrolled, you may elect to pursue one of our three concentrations, enabling you to customize your educational experience to fit your specific career interests. The three concentrations are:

  • Strategic Communication, which focuses on hands-on content development as well as the ability to analyze audience data for targeted communications and media campaigns.
  • Digital Media, which focuses on the particular challenges and unique approaches to producing effective communications in digital spaces, including current applications and interconnected networks.
  • Communication Leadership, which focuses on leading and managing teams and organizations; developing speaking, writing, and negotiating skills; and building a strategic mindset.

Whether or not you elect to pursue a concentration, you will blend theory with practice, producing actual work as you progress in your classroom learning.

We recognize the valuable experience and perspectives that working professionals bring to the classroom. If you are a student with three or more years in a professional position, you can receive Professional Experience Credit.*

Up to two course waivers may be possible, enabling you to complete your degree more quickly and cost effectively.

*Applies to the Worcester campus location only.

  • How social media influences individuals, organizations, and nonprofits
  • Active listening and methods of persuasion
  • Understanding and creatively applying communication theory and media technologies
  • Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills necessary for the 21st-century workplace
  • Ways to produce clear, tailored written and digital communications
  • How to excel in a networked, multicultural environment
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media and Marketing Communication
  • Global Marketing and Advertising
  • Approaches to Cross Cultural Conflict Management


10 course units

  • 5 core courses
  • 5 electives
  • Capstone project

Each concentration has 4 required courses. Up to 2 courses may be waived with 3+ years of relevant professional experience.

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