Whether you want to be a communications director on a presidential campaign, a media consultant devising national grassroots outreach, or a leading public affairs strategist guiding your client through a crisis, our master's in Political Communication is for you.
This MA program combines expertise and scholarship from the School of Communication and the School of Public Affairs to lay down a thorough grounding in political science, strategic communication, research, and media. The interdisciplinary degree prepares you to navigate the changing landscape of politics and communication—our students gain the knowledge, skills, and ethical grounding to be successful as political leaders, policy-makers, communication professionals, and campaign executives.
Taught by today's leading political communication practitioners and theorists, you'll take hands-on courses in applied politics and communication skills over a broad range of media and production topics that will introduce you to news writing, persuasive writing, public opinion research, online advocacy, and campaign management. For this 36-credit degree, students can choose courses from a variety of areas including speechwriting, social media strategy and tactics, research for communication, and political advertising, as well as classes in AU's Women & Politics Institute, Campaign Management Institute, and Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute. Some courses for this degree are even available online!
If you're seeking to build a strong background in research skills, a broad knowledge of political issues, a deep understanding of how the political process and media work, and the expertise necessary to create, shape, and manage political communication, you'll find what you're looking for in AU's MA in Political Communication.