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Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication — Online

The Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the digital age of communication.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

12-18 months

Overview

With the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication, you'll build in-demand skills as you learn to craft strategic approaches to complex communication challenges. Our instructors—communications leaders in the business and nonprofit sectors—will offer you an inside look not only at how best to design and deliver compelling messaging but also at how to measure the impact of your strategies. You’ll also create an ePortfolio that synthesizes learning across the curriculum and promotes your professional brand. Through co-ops and consulting assignments that culminate in a capstone project, you’ll learn the art of effective communication with employees, customers, investors, and other audiences as you hone your skills with a new set of tools to persuade, inform, and inspire.

This is an online program.

Featured Concentrations

Public and Media Relations

The PR concentration features a virtual public relations firm enabling you to work on assignments for a real-world client using the HubSpot marketing platform. Read our Q&A with concentration lead Ed Powers and watch the video below for more information.

Cross-Cultural Communication

The cross-cultural communication concentration offers practical tools to successfully navigate cultural fields of interest and gain skills to develop a cultural audit.

Read our blog post from Professor Patty Goodman about insights on cross-cultural awareness in the workplace.

Social Media

Select from courses in interactive marketing, digital branding, SEO, online customer behavior, digital marketing analytics, and social media strategy. Offered both online and on-location.

Unique Features

  • Six concentrations that align with in-demand skills needed in this profession
  • A variety of experiential learning opportunities, from co-ops to consulting projects, and a capstone project for professionals
  • Transfer credit is offered for up to 20% of total tuition if you have an APR, CMP, SCMP, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, or HubSpot Academy certification
  • Design an ePortfolio to create a personal and professional brand and synthesize learning across the curriculum
  • Faculty bring real-world experience to the in-person and online classroom

This is an online program.


More Details

Transfer Credit Opportunities for Certifications from Professional Associations

About the transfer credit opportunities:

Why consider a Northeastern master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication? We recognize the knowledge and competencies you have demonstrated by earning the following certifications – APR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, CMP, SCMP, PHR, SPHR, or HubSpot Academy Certification. As a result, credentials holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through our program by applying their credentials in exchange for transfer credit.

  • Successful applications with the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR):
    • Will receive 9 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 20% saving in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 12 courses, rather than 15
    • Will enjoy the convenience of a totally online, interactive curriculum
  • Successful applicants with their SHRM-CP or PHR:
    • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 6% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management
  • Successful applicants with their SHRM-SCP or SPHR:
    • Will receive 6 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 13% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 13 courses, rather than 15
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management and HRM 6005 Creating a High-Performance Organization
  • Successful applicants with these 5 HubSpot Academy certifications – Inbound, Social Media, Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, and Email Marketing:
    • Will receive 4 quarter hours of transfer credit, a 9% savings in tuition for a master’s degree – online or on-ground at our Boston campus
    • Will accelerate through the degree program with one less course to complete
    • Select a more advanced course aligned with the student’s career objectives
  • Successful applicants who are Communication Management Professionals (CMP):
    • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 6% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
    • Will enjoy the convenience of a totally online, interactive curriculum
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: CMN 6000 Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • Successful applicants who are Senior Communication Management Professionals (SCMP):  
    • Will receive 6 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 13% savings in tuition 
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 13 courses, rather than 15
    • Will enjoy the convenience of a totally online, interactive curriculum
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: CMN 6000 Introduction to Organizational Communication and CMN 6010 Strategic Communication Management
  • Successful applicants for a master's degree program in the Project Management concentration with their PMP from Project Management Institute (PMI):
    • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 7% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: PJM 6000 Project Management Practices

 

Program Objectives

  • Design a strategic approach to a wide range of communication challenges based on stakeholder analysis and a systematic planning methodology.
  • Craft and deliver messages—with a heavy emphasis on digital media—that can influence the attitudes and behaviors of internal and external audiences in a wide range of organizational scenarios.
  • Measure and assess the impact of communication methods and channels to help achieve organizational performance objectives.
  • Apply key course concepts and communication skills gained through the curriculum to real-world projects.

Career Outlook

According to the Burning Glass Labor Insight database, the value of a graduate degree in organizational communication is very clear: 37% of hiring employers prefer or require candidates for many communication roles to have a graduate degree. Additionally, there are over 345,000 open job listings related to corporate and organizational communications.

Student Portfolios

Curious to see the work of MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication students? Click below to view two recent student portfolios that include their learning journey and how the program impacted their professional growth:

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8%

Growth in demand

For PR managers, 2018-2028, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

37%

Hiring managers who prefer or require a graduate degree

For many communications roles - Burning Glass Labor InsightFollow our leaders

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements

Required Courses

Note: Introduction to Organizational Communication (CMN 6000) is required for students who do not have any professional experience in communication. Students with professional communication experience should begin the program with Strategic Communication Management (CMN 6010): 

3.00
1.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

Complete two of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00

Capstone

4.00

Elective Courses

Note: Students who take Introduction to Organizational Communication (CMN 6000) are only required to take two courses in this section. 

Complete at least two courses:

3.00
3.00
4.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.004.00
2.00
2.00
3.004.00
2.00

 

Concentrations

Human Resources Management

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
 

HRM Concentration Electives

Note: Students who take HRM 6015 select three elective courses; students waived from HRM 6015 select four elective courses: 

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

Public and Media Relations

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
3.00

Public and Media Relations Electives

Complete two of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
4.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Leadership

Required Courses 

3.00
3.00
1.00

Leadership Electives

Complete three of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Project Management

Required Courses

Note: Students with project management experience are not required to take PJM 5900:

4.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Project Management Elective

Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are not required to take a course in this section.

Complete one of the following: 

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

Social Media

Required Course

4.00

Electives

Complete 12-16 quarter hours from the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Cross-Cultural Communication

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
 

Complete 9 quarter hours from one of the following: 

Social Justice Track 

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

International Track

4.00
4.00
3.00
3.004.00
 

Follow our leaders

Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

"The field of communication is incredibly dynamic in this era of digital disruption, and you have to commit yourself to lifelong learning to stay current -- this is where curiosity plays such a critical role.  This spirit of curiosity is something we emphasize in the learning experience we provide our students. We encourage them to act on their curiosity, their passion." Carl Zangerl, PhDcarl z

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Patty Goodman

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Ed Powers

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A lot of the professors had knowledge of different industries...certain stuff you can’t get out of a textbook.  People forget that a lot of professors haven’t been professors their whole life. They have a vast amount of experience, so just talking to them, you can learn so much.

Kathleen A. Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication, 2016

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Prior Learning Assessment/Transfer Credits

Transfer Credit Opportunities for Certifications from Professional Associations

We recognize the knowledge and competencies you have demonstrated by earning the following certifications – APR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, CMP, SCMP, PHR, SPHR, or HubSpot Academy Certification. As a result, you have the unique opportunity to accelerate through our program by applying your credentials in exchange for transfer credit.

  • Successful applications with the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR):
    • Will receive 9 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 20% saving in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 12 courses, rather than 15
    • Will enjoy the convenience of a totally online, interactive curriculum
  • Successful applicants with their SHRM-CP or PHR:
    • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 6% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management
  • Successful applicants with their SHRM-SCP or SPHR:
    • Will receive 6 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 13% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 13 courses, rather than 15
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management and HRM 6005 Creating a High-Performance Organization
  • Successful applicants with these 5 HubSpot Academy certifications – Inbound, Social Media, Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, and Email Marketing:
    • Will receive 4 quarter hours of transfer credit, a 9% savings in tuition for a master’s degree – online or on-ground at our Boston campus
    • Will accelerate through the degree program with one less course to complete
    • Select a more advanced course aligned with the student’s career objectives
  • Successful applicants who are Communication Management Professionals (CMP):
    • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 6% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
    • Will enjoy the convenience of a totally online, interactive curriculum
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: CMN 6000 Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • Successful applicants who are Senior Communication Management Professionals (SCMP):
    • Will receive 6 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 13% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 13 courses, rather than 15
    • Will enjoy the convenience of a totally online, interactive curriculum
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: CMN 6000 Introduction to Organizational Communication and CMN 6010 Strategic Communication Management
  • Successful applicants for a master's degree program in the Project Management concentration with their PMP from Project Management Institute (PMI):
    • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 7% savings in tuition
    • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
    • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: PJM 6000 Project Management Practices

View the full list of eligible certifications and transfer credits.

Stackable Certificates

You can stack the following graduate certificates into this degree: Cross-Cultural Communication, Human Resources Management, Leadership, Project Management, Public and Media Relations, and Social Media and Online Communities.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Communications & Journalism alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • Boston Globe Media
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Harvard University
    • TechTarget
    • MIT
  • What They Do

    • Media and Communication
    • Marketing
    • Business Development
    • Education
    • Art and Design
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Social Media
    • Editing
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Public Speaking

 

Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

Did You Know?

Communications and digital media jobs are expected to grow by more than 83K by 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Did you know?

You can stack the following graduate certificates into this degree: Cross-Cultural Communication, Human Resources Management, Leadership, Project Management, Public and Media Relations, and Social Media and Online Communities.

Options

The Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication offers six concentrations, allowing students to align their studies with their personal interests and career goals. 

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners. 

From Our Faculty

"Our goal is to provide students with the communications skills and strategic perspective required to have an impact on organizational performance." — Carl Zangerl, Program Director

From Our Alumni

"The capstone class, where we got to do our final project, really helped me improve my writing skills, think about the words I use, and think about how to communicate with people. I think this will be greatly beneficial for my work in the future." — Kathleen A., Corporate and Organizational Communication Alumna