Communication Management MS


Learn more about the Master of Science in Communication Management.

About the Program

The MS in Communication Management is a professionally oriented program focused on deep exploration of communication principles and practices. It features coursework in key areas such as audience analysis, communication strategies for emerging media, organizational communication, and research and data synthesis. Emphasizing strategic communication in the workplace and public communication, this program prepares entry-level and mid-career professionals to engage in effective communication campaigns as well as handle conflict and crisis management.

The program is offered completely online through an exciting combination of webinar and teleseminar courses. This combination allows students to learn through both online interaction with faculty and through learning resources that they may individually access at their convenience.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Online

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The online program, which can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, is designed to be completed in one year. All courses are offered for seven weeks in synchronous or asynchronous formats, can be taken in any order, and have no prerequisites.

Job Prospects: Graduates of the MS in Communication Management program have gained the effective executive skills to manage different organizational demands such as crisis management, cross-cultural conflict, employee dispute resolution, leading diverse teams, and responsible decision-making in both corporate and non-corporate institutions. They are prepared to serve in corporate and nonprofit organizations, public and government relations, and public and political advocacy.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits before applying to the MS program.

Financing Opportunities: Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis by the admissions committee.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: February 15
Spring: November 1

Applications are processed as they arrive up to the deadline date.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who are able to provide insight into the applicant's potential for professional achievement and aptitude for graduate study.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals: Include your special interests within the discipline and expectations for the program.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: Optional. If provided, scores at or above the 65th percentile are expected.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 105
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • PTE Academic: 72

Resume: Current resume or curriculum vitae required.

Writing Sample: If you elect to not submit GRE scores, you are required to submit one of the options below so that your readiness and ability/potential to engage rigorously with graduate-level work can be assessed:

  1. Professional writing samples that you produced in a professional capacity, such as a project report, public relations release, or any internal communications. Please include a cover sheet indicating the purpose of the piece, intended audience, and if any analysis was done.
  2. Academic paper or published article. Please include a cover sheet identifying the course and term for which the academic paper was written or for what publication and on what date the material was published.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 31

Core Courses
CMGT 8101Data Driven Insights3
CMGT 8103Organizational Communication3
CMGT 8105Social Responsibility in Corporations and Not-for-Profit Organizations3
CMGT 8106Communication Theory for Professionals3
Select six from the following:18
Communicating Organizational Leadership
Leadership in Crises and Conflict Management
Leading Diverse Teams
Cross-Cultural Leadership
Conflict Management Processes in the Workplace
Designing Workplace Dispute Systems
Consulting and Consultation in Public Relations
Storytelling through Innovation
Law and Ethics in Public Relations
Directed Readings in Communication Management
Capstone Course
CMGT 8109Final Project1
Total Credit Hours31

Culminating Events:
Capstone Project:
CMGT 8109 constitutes the final project in Communication Management. It requires students to solve a critical structural and/or procedural communication problem affecting an organization’s ability to communicate efficiently or effectively at internal and/or external levels. The 20-minute video-recorded presentation allows students during their final academic term to reflect on and summarize relevant concepts, practices and readings from their entire course of study.


Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Lew Klein College of Media and Communication

Office of Research and Graduate Studies

2020 N. 13th Street, 344 Annenberg Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6015


Submission Address for Application Materials:

Department Contacts:

Director of Graduate Admissions:

Kaitlin Pierce, EdD


Program Director:

Quaiser Abdullah