Communications Management Master's Degrees
In a communications management degree program, you can learn not only how to manage a business but also how to apply the latest communications technologies to your job. Full-time, part-time, and online programs are available. Through courses in management, technology, and leadership, s master's degree in this field can prepare you for a variety of jobs in the communications, public relations and technology sectors.
What Types of Master's Degree Programs Are Available to Communications Management Students?
You can earn a wide range of master's degrees in the communications management field, including a Master of Arts, a Master of Communications Management or a Master of Network and Communications Management. You also can usually choose a concentration within communications management, like marketing or online communication. Some programs emphasize both computer networking and communications management, and these programs involve more computer science coursework.
Both full-time and part-time master's degree programs are available. The full-time program can take as little as one year to finish, while the part-time program can take 2.5-3 years to complete.
|Program Emphases||Marketing, online communication, computer networking|
|Common Classes||Management strategy, accounting, communication technology, internet security|
|Possible Careers||Information systems manager, communications manager, public relations specialist, marketing manager|
|Online Program Requirements||Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime Player|
What Classes Will I Take?
Master's degree coursework in communications management usually consists of several core courses combined with independent study courses, which allow you to pick a topic of your choice and work with a faculty member for a semester on the subject. Courses focus on the practical application of technology and communications strategies to the business world. Typical communications management classes include the following topics:
- Strategic management
- Using technology in business
- Advanced accounting
- Finance management
- Types of communications technologies
- Internet security and privacy
- Project leadership
- Social media marketing
What Can I Do with My Degree?
With a master's degree in communications management, you can find jobs in the technology, management, marketing and public relations fields. If your master's degree program is geared towards information management, you can obtain employment as a computer and information systems manager. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that these professionals earned a median yearly salary of $142,530 in 2018 (www.bls.gov). According to the BLS, computer and information systems management jobs were projected to grow 12% between 2016 and 2028, which was much higher than the average for other employment sectors.
Once you graduate with your master's degree, you can become a communications manager. According to PayScale.com, communications managers earned a median salary of $63,971 in 2019.
You also can become a public relations specialist with the media and marketing training you gain during the master's degree program. According to the BLS, public relations specialists earned a median annual wage of $60,000 in 2018. The BLS reported that the field was predicted to grow 9% from 2016-2026, which was as fast as average among job sectors.
You can also advance to managerial positions in the public relations and marketing field. The BLS stated that public relations managers earned an average annual wage of $114,800 in 2018, and marketing managers earned an average salary of $132,620 in the same year. According to BLS figures, however, competition for these management jobs will be high, and the field was expected to grow only 10% for public relations managers and 10% for marketing managers from 2016-2026, which was about average.
Can I Earn the Degree Online?
You can earn your communications management master's degree entirely online. You can complete all assignments from your computer and can communicate with faculty via discussion boards and e-mail. You often can share postings with other students through online forums as well.
Technological requirements for the online program usually include a Flash Player, an Adobe Acrobat Reader and a QuickTime Player. A Web camera might also be needed for working with other students on class assignments or projects.