School of Communication
820 N. Michigan Ave
Lewis Towers Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611
Master of Science in Global Strategic Communication
Whether you’re a recent graduate looking to jumpstart a communication career, a communicator who wants to build or advance their career on the global stage or a mid-career professional seeking expanded skills and digital fluency to move into communication management, the M.S. in Global Strategic Communication may be the perfect graduate program for you.
It’s a professionally focused, interdisciplinary, non-thesis program designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in public relations, advertising, digital and social media, corporate communication, marketing and related fields. It accommodates busy working professionals with evening courses and full- and part-time options.
What Sets the Program Apart?
Our faculty spent more than a year researching the future of strategic communication and asking employers what they look for in hiring and promoting communication professionals. Leaders of major corporations, communication agencies, nonprofits and start-ups told us they want versatile communicators who are strong writers and strategic thinkers, who understand business and have a global perspective. The M.S. in Global Strategic Communication program was born from those insights and aligns with the realities of today’s fast-changing communication environment and globalized world.
The program is based at Loyola’s Water Tower campus in the heart of Chicago, home to multinational corporations, leading communication agencies, prominent nonprofit organizations and tech startups. This facilitates guest speakers from and class visits to these organizations. It also provides abundant opportunities for networking, employment and professional development. And since experiencing global strategic communication is better than just reading about it, two-week study and immersion programs are offered in China and London.
The program is distinguished by small, highly personalized classes and a diverse mix of students. 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. Our faculty’s principal focus is on students and their success. They have deep connections in the strategic communication field and help students find jobs during and after the program.
Why Strategic Communication?
The traditional silos of public relations, advertising, marketing and digital and social media are eroding in today’s cluttered and complex media landscape. Communication professionals increasingly work across, rather than in, these disciplines – and need the know-how and flexibility to tap into all of them.
Strategic communication synthesizes digital and social media, public relations, advertising and marketing to communicate precise messages through the most effective channels to engage with the right audiences. Strategic communication can be a potent tool for change because it helps connect, educate, advocate and motivate.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999