Online Master of Arts in Communication

Earn a Highly Respected Communication Degree in a Dynamic Field

Lifelong Learning for a Lifetime of Success

Are you ready to propel your career in the ever-changing media and communications field? With Drake University’s online Master of Arts in Communication degree, you can deepen your communication skills to gain a competitive advantage in business, public policy, and other fields.

Drake’s online MA in Communication program offers an accelerated path to communication careers. We provide online classes in convenient six-week terms that fit busy schedules, and you’ll have the option to earn your degree in one year. Plus, learn from the same dedicated faculty as students on campus, receiving personal mentoring that positions you for career success.

Drake designed the online master’s in communication around skills that top employers seek today. Develop specialized expertise that enables you to motivate target audiences to act, oversee multimedia initiatives, or lead public policy communications.

Drake University’s online degree programs prepare students for meaningful lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. You’ll engage in a collaborative learning experience, connecting with expert faculty and other ambitious students while seeking a credential distinguished by Drake’s tradition of excellence.

100% Online Courses

3 Curriculum Tracks

Finish in 1 to 2 Years

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Communication Courses That Foster Success in Numerous Fields

Seek your online master’s in communication degree with Drake to study communication through the lens of business, law, marketing, public policy, and other focus areas. The program includes 33 credit hours and lets you align your education with your ambitions through the following tracks:

Build the digital marketing skills needed to develop creative strategies that inspire diverse audiences to take action.

Emerge as a communication leader with rich multimedia skills and expertise in research, professional ethics, and digital strategies.

Bring your communication talents to political, public policy, or advocacy roles by honing your understanding of professional ethics, speechwriting, and legislation.

Experience Drake’s Excellence and Value in a Flexible Format

Discover the excellence found on Drake University’s campus, offered in a convenient format that lets you study wherever you choose. With Drake University’s online degree programs, you’ll take classes on a flexible schedule, completing your program at a pace you can control. Plus, learn from the same faculty as our on-campus students, getting mentorship and guidance that makes a difference for a lifetime.

Gain an Advantage for a Wealth of Communication Positions

The employment of communication and media professionals is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030 — faster than other occupations.1 With Drake’s online Master of Arts in Communication program, you can prepare for communication roles where you help organizations and brands amplify their message in a competitive media landscape.

5 Rewarding Careers for MA in Communication Graduates2

  1. Director of Communications: $96,080 per year
  2. Creative Director: $93,060 per year
  3. Marketing Director: $92,651 per year
  4. Communications Director: $82,022 per year
  5. Public Policy Associate: $62,313 per year


The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Drake University is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Drake’s SJMC is among 119 programs with this accreditation worldwide and one of only 17 in the nation.

Fuel Your Personal and Professional Growth

Founded in 1881, Drake University has provided exceptional learning experiences for more than 130 years. Recognized as one of the Midwest’s finest institutions of higher learning, Drake offers online degree programs known for prestige, flexibility, and value.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Media and Communication Occupations. Retrieved June 8, 2022, from
  2. Payscale. Master of Arts (MA), Communication Degree. Retrieved June 8, 2022, from