Western New England University is known for providing professionally focused programs with a solid liberal arts background. Located in the heart of New England's Knowledge Corridor, home to 26 colleges and universities, the University was founded in 1919. Its mission then was to serve the needs of part-time adult learners. Nearly a century later that commitment to providing programs convenient to working adults continues through more than a dozen graduate programs, including online study in the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
The online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction was designed to meet the growing needs of current educators for a program that is both competitive and unique while also responsive to current research in education.
Western New England University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730; 781-271-0022).
The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International. Western New England University is a member of the Association of American Colleges, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts.
Today’s 24/7-news cycle and the growth of integrated media put new emphasis and urgency on public relations efforts. With an online master’s in communication focused on PR, you will be prepared to strategically use publicity to enhance your organization’s image, develop creative messages to build or expand its brand, cultivate strong media relationships, and masterfully manage communication crises. You will learn from telecom faculty experienced in all facets of communication from the sports industry to the corporate world, all in the company of fellow communications professionals in a supportive online community.
Why Choose the Master of Communication?
This 30-credit curriculum program can be completed in as little as 15 months and is conducted exclusively online to better fit your busy schedule. Courses emphasize the strategic use of public relations in integrated media in today’s digital world. In a society where everyone has an online presence, you will gain new skills and insights to make your messages stand out in an ever-evolving media stream. As a PR professional, the current knowledge and strategic intuition you gain will make you an asset in the industry.
What Will You Study?
Your studies will focus on the core principles of public relations, with opportunities for you to explore specific industry interests through both required and elective courses. Required courses include Principles and Practices of Public Relations, Crisis Management, and Writing for Communications Professionals. Elective courses include Public Relations Strategies for Social and Digital Media, Strategic Approaches to Public Relations, and Public Relations and Nonprofit Organizations. Variable credit courses (COMM 680 and COMM 699) are designed to allow students to move through the program more quickly through a large-scale independent study or thesis project.
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Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Private, not-for-profit, Higher Education
Master's College or University I
Must be equipped with high speed Internet connection such as DSL or cable modem. PC configuration must support Windows XP or greater.
US residents only
No on-campus requirement for listed programs.
Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FASFA code (002226)
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