Sacred Heart University

College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts in Communication: Strategic Communications & Public Relations


Office of Graduate Admissions

5151 Park Ave

Fairfield, CT 06825

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Communication: Strategic Communications & Public Relations

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Allow your skills to shine with the cutting-edge training you need to succeed in corporate communications, public relations, and strategic multimedia production. Earn your Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations.

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations (MASCPR) students learn to communicate effectively through a variety of media platforms, including video, television, social networks, podcasts, multimedia websites, and other methods of traditional and online or mobile communication.

Complete your degree in as little as one year, while continuing to pursue your career.

  • Program runs on an eight-week module calendar; students can enroll in fall or spring beginning fall 2018

  • Classes are designed for working professionals and meet Monday-Thursday from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

  • Full-time students take two courses per module: attend class two nights per week and graduate in one year

  • Part-time students take one course per module: attend class one night per week and graduate in two years

    Learning By Doing
    SCPR students create real-world multimedia productions for actual organizations, businesses, publications or media outlets. This practical focus on hands-on learning with the latest technologies in a professional context, gives students the experience and portfolio they need to compete and excel in the ever-changing 21st century communications and media industries.

    Focus on Jobs and Latest Technologies
     The New York Times has reported on the “fundamental transformation” in the news industry toward ‘digital journalists’ who produce, record and edit much of their material.  The SCPR Program will supply the communications, public relations, and news industries with its next generation of professional communicators in ways that only a media studies program with a strong digital multimedia production component like ours can.

    An Ideal Location
    Sacred Heart’s main campus is a short train ride (just 55 miles) from New York City, the media capital of the world, and is strategically positioned in the heart of suburban Fairfield County, home to the many major media companies and other businesses that make-up Connecticut’s “Gold Coast.”

    Internships and Mentorships
    SCPR students complete 12 credits of internships and mentorships as part of a curricular strategy in which students are immersed in a professional setting in order to get advanced practical training and real world results.

    Blended Courses and Flexible Scheduling
    SCPR courses combine face-to-face classes with online sessions, allowing students to schedule their campus commitments around their work and family obligations. With rolling acceptance and convenient 8-week sessions scheduled year round, students can start when they want and finish when they can, building a professional portfolio along the way.

    Professional Portfolios for the Digital Age
    Students graduate with a portfolio of digital multimedia materials that demonstrates to potential employers that SCPR graduates are highly skilled communicators with advanced training in the latest media technologies. SCPR students build their professional résumés as their work is distributed, broadcast, and/or published through various media outlets while earning their degrees.

    Experienced Faculty with Industry Connections
    In addition to being established scholars and dedicated instructors, the SCPR faculty is comprised of award-winning and working media professionals with experience in every sector of the communications and media industry, including film and television, public relations, corporate communications, journalism, publishing, web design and development, and digital multimedia production.

    Integrated Laptop Program
    MASCPR graduate students will receive a Macbook Pro laptop running the latest Apple and Adobe Creative Suite software.


New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL or IELTS score Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results are required from all applicants who completed their previous degrees in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. The TOEFL requirement is 80 and the IELTS requirement is 6.5. A copy of your passport, a sponsor letter and a bank letter to promptly receive an I-20

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 985 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 35460 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 35460 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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