Executive Master of Professional Studies in Global Strategic Communications

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Visit the Admissions page for general FAQs related to the application process, tuition, financial aid and more.

You can view and download the Master of Professional Studies Handbook here.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

How is this program different from other communication degree programs?
Are applicants required to have professional work experience?
Do I have to register and pay for the entire program at one time?
Where are the courses held?
What is a cohort enrollment program?
Who pays for my transportation to the on-site residencies?
How long does it take to complete the program?
Can I fit this program into my work schedule?
If my work schedule conflicts with one of the on-site residencies, what are my options?
Can non-US citizens enroll in this program?
If my question isn’t answered here, what do I do?

 

How is this program different from other communications degree programs?

The EMPS in Global Strategic Communications is a yearlong intensive program that prepares students to respond to the increasing communications challenges faced by corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations that have arisen as a result of globalization, constant changes in technology, and the emergence of new stakeholders. Specifically, the curriculum addresses the need to serve as a general communications manger while playing the very specific roles of trusted advisor, educator, and integrator in a complex, global organization. Students will work through this program as a cohort and earn their degree through a series of multi-location on-site residencies and associated online coursework.

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Are applicants required to have professional work experience?

Students are industry professionals in leadership positions and should have a minimum of 8-10 years of work experience. Most are currently in senior or executive positions at nonprofits, organizations, and agencies, where they function in public relations, communications, and marketing roles.

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Do I have to register and pay for the entire program at one time?

Upon notification of admission, you must register for 12 credits, which will cover your first semester courses (MPGC-500 and MPGC-600 in the fall semester). Later, you will register for 12 credits in the spring semester (MPGC-700 and MPGC-800) and six credits in the summer semester (MPGC-900: Capstone). An interest-free payment plan is available that divides the total cost of tuition into installments due throughout each semester.

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Where are the courses held?

To minimize vital time away from your job, the Executive Master of Professional Studies in Global Strategic Communications program uniquely blends online instruction with classroom discussions and thought-provoking on-site residencies to a variety of locations. More details on the locations of these residencies can be found here.

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What is a cohort enrollment program?

This simply means that each enrollment class, or “cohort,” moves through the program as a group. There are no electives for this program. Each cohort must complete all five courses, with each course featuring a blend of online learning activities and on-site weeklong residencies.

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Who pays for my transportation to the on-site residencies?

Students are responsible for making and financing their own transportation arrangements to and from on-site residencies. Travel expenses are not included in tuition. However, at each residency location, accommodations and some meals will be covered by tuition.

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How long does it take to complete the program?

It takes one year (from August to August) to complete the program’s five courses, including online study and on-site residencies at various locations.

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Can I fit this program into my work schedule?

You should be able to juggle your work schedule around the online and on-site portions of the program. The on-site residencies are designed as five, six-day blocks to help minimize work interruptions. The online course study is conducted live and is scheduled on weekday evenings (Eastern Time).

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If my work schedule conflicts with one of the on-site residencies, what are my options?

Commitment and attendance are required for each course, including keeping pace with online assignments and attending on-site residencies. If you cannot commit to all of the residency dates and locations, we encourage you to apply to the next available cohort.

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Can non-US citizens enroll in this program?

Yes. The program provides student visa support to non-US citizens who are eligible to apply for the program. Please confirm eligibility on the International Admissions Eligibility page.

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