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Strategic Communication & Public Relations, M.A.

36 Credits  |   Online

100% Online! Practice the craft of communication ethically and equitably, building relationships that aid in achieving social justice.

Earn a Master’s Degree from an Online Program!

Washington runs on 24/7 news cycles, spin control, and strategic social media. Get the skills you need to be a communications pro! From national and global media outlets to public relations firms, from Capitol Hill to nonprofit organizations, the nation’s capital is the place to work in communications. At Trinity, you will gain the skills for success in today’s fast-paced communications field – and be ready for the next wave of new media!

Trinity’s Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations online program trains the next generation of communication experts to think critically, strategically, and creatively. The program’s unique blend of technical and tactical course work prepares graduates to practice the craft of communication ethically and equitably. Significant individual study and guided independent learning enhance the academic experience and sharpen practical skills.

Career-focused: For those seeking to advance in their current communication role or seek a career change, this program positions graduates to be effective communicators and leaders in corporate, nonprofit, government, and private sector organizations. Students learn key communication skills – from content creation to digital strategy – to give them a competitive edge in the marketplace, for careers in strategic communication management, public relations, public affairs, and digital media.

Affordable: The Master of Arts program is affordable – with one of the lowest tuition rates in the Washington region.

Convenient: Evening courses are offered in a 100% online, accelerated format with eight-week terms, making it convenient to complete the 36-credit program (12 courses). Students generally take three courses per semester and complete their degree in two academic calendar years (21 months). Students may choose to complete the degree in three academic calendar years by taking two courses per semester.

Applicants seeking F1 Visas or those on B1 Visas are not eligible for admission, nor enroll in Graduate programs that are instructed fully online. This restriction does not apply to other Non-immigrant Visas.

Learn Your Way

Trinity’s accelerated graduate and professional programs offer flexible scheduling that works around your busy schedule, and gives you more ways to connect with your professor and our programs have learning opportunities for both on-campus and off-campus experiences.

Trinity is the lowest-cost private university in the Washington D.C. region, and can make getting your next degree a reality, no matter where you are on the path of life.

What You’ll Learn

  • Speechwriting
  • Crisis and reputation management
  • Culturally-competent communications
  • Writing for digital platforms
  • Core web design concepts

Local Internships

Global Careers

  • Social Media Manager and Analyst
  • Media Specialist
  • Senior Editorial Manager & Content Specialist
  • Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
  • Digital Director
  • Fundraiser
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
  • Senior Public Relations Specialist
  • Communications Writer
  • Public Policy Associate

Contact Your Recruiter

Andrea Linthicum
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My Trinity Communication master’s degree gave me a deep understanding of crafting messages and delivering them in the right format and channel for maximum impact – skills I use every day in my job.
Timothy Russell ’13

Bachelor’s Degree

Fine Arts

Bachelor’s Degree
Journalism and Media Studies

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School of Business & Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants with pending and/or conferred bachelor degrees with a 2.8 or better cumulative undergraduate grade point average or its equivalent will be given priority consideration for full admission, with submission of an official copy of your transcript and the Statement of Purpose. In some cases, we will consider waiving the letters of recommendations and/resumes for applicants with strong academic standing.

  • We will consider all applicants with pending and/or earned bachelor degrees with GPAs under 2.8, however you must provide the Statement of Purpose, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants who do not meet the academic criteria may be given provisional admission consideration.

  • Applicants who are denied full or provisional admission can be considered for admission as a Non-degree Graduate student. Non-degree Graduate students are allowed to enroll in a maximum of six credit hours or two graduate courses. Successful completion of the two graduate courses, having earned grades “B” or better are welcome to re-apply for full admission consideration. Non-degree applicants are responsible for financing their costs and are not eligible for federal financial assistance, which includes loans.

  • Applicants not seeking F1 Visas, permanent residents, or U.S. citizens who have college/university credit from an institution outside of the United States must submit official transcripts for a course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation, by one of the agencies accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).