Master of Science in Communication (MSC)
MSC is a comprehensive communication management and leadership program that provides a broad-based foundation of principles that can successfully be applied to many professional fields. The Program is designed for professionals from a wide variety of undergraduate majors, job functions and experience levels — drawing emerging talent and senior level managers alike from for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors.
Students enrolled in MSC meet their career goals, improve their competitive edge, obtain a master's degree, and are able to work full-time throughout the four-quarter program as classes are offered during one full day of instruction each week on alternating Fridays and Saturdays. All classes are held on the Evanston campus.
MSC focuses on communication and leadership skills that go beyond traditional management curricula to train students in the practical, real-world applications required to meet the demands of today’s complex world. The curriculum offers core courses basic to the discipline, as well as elective courses that allow students to create their own curriculum based on interest and professional need with courses designed to cover a range of communication management skills.
The MSC applies to a wide range of job functions and industry sectors. Students learn how to:
- Lead in a global economy
- Manage innovation and change in the workplace
- Think strategically
- Develop critical leadership and management communication skills that will give them a career edge
Northwestern University is accredited by The North Central Association.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants who obtained their bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S. must submit their transcripts to Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) for a course-by-course verification instead of submitting them to the MSC office. International applicants must also provide TOEFL results with a required minimum overall score of 100 and a minimum score of 26 on the “Speaking” section. If admitted, international students are required to provide documentation that one full year's tuition and living expenses are available to finance their study prior to beginning the program. In addition, international students will work with the MSC Program and the International Office to complete a visa eligibility document.
International students who require a visa will need to maintain full-time student status, requiring them to complete 12 credits and resulting in a tuition cost of $60,732.
Please see our International Student FAQ for more information.
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Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.