Executive Master of Professional Studies in Global Strategic Communications

Explore the Degree

Students discuss their experiences in the executive master's in Global Strategic Communications program at Georgetown University.

The executive master’s in Global Strategic Communications is a yearlong intensive program designed for experienced communications executives and leaders. Specialized functional areas of study include global communications management, corporate social responsibility, investor relations, and stakeholder engagement. This program prepares leaders to manage complex communications challenges faced by corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations.

2017-2018 Program Calendar*

Course Course Dates Residency Location/Date
MPGC-500 August 30 – October 23, 2017 September 24 – 30
Washington, D.C.
MPGC-600 October 25 –​ December 18, 2017 November 12 – 18
London, UK
MPGC-700 January 10 –​ March 5, 2018 February 25 – March 3
Republic of Singapore
MPGC-800 March 14 –​ May 7, 2018 April 29 – May 5
Sao Paulo, Brazil
MPGC-900 May 21 –​ August 19, 2018 August 5 – 11
Washington, D.C.

Explore the Five Courses

Course: MPGC-500: Global Leadership & Communications
Dates: Online: August 30 – October 23, 2017
On-site residency: September 24 –​ 30
Residency Location: Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C.
Overview: The first residency is designed to orient the group to the challenges and opportunities of communications leadership positions, with particular emphasis on the impact of globalization on these roles. Students are paired with an executive coach, who works with them throughout the duration of the program to help them develop a deeper understanding of their own leadership style and aspirations. They have the opportunity to explore their individual values and start applying them to the situations that communicators in leadership positions face on a daily basis. A highlight of the residency is a crisis communications case study that is further complicated by the global implications of communications management.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze the complexities of communications management for global organizations;
  2. Identify personal values, leadership style, and professional code of ethics;
  3. Demonstrate organizational and personal storytelling skills to communicate in an executive style;
  4. Practice crisis and issue management.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, faculty, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Course: MPGC-600: Global Strategy & Management
Dates: Online: October 25 – December 18, 2017
On-site residency: November 12 –​ 18
Residency Location: London, UK
Overview: Explore communications planning and management, understand the diverse nature of stakeholder engagement, and introduce the best practices and models of strategic communications.

The one-week on-site residency will be in London, U.K., designed to explore the best practices of strategic planning and global communications management. This residency emphasizes understanding new models and best practices for strategic planning and in managing global communications. In addition, stakeholder identification and engagement will be explored with a focus on digital tools.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze effective communication and management strategies to engage global stakeholders;
  2. Utilize new technologies and social media in communications strategies;
  3. Design communications plans that integrate the role of NGOs and Corporate Social Responsibility.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, faculty, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Course: MPGC-700: Impacting Business Success
Dates: Online: January 10 – March 5, 2018
On-site residency: February 25 – March 3
Residency Location: Republic of Singapore
Overview: The third course immerses students in the business impact of strategic communications through a weeklong residency in the Republic of Singapore. Students gain a broader global perspective through the lens of top communications officers, business executives, thought leaders, and educators from around the world. This course provides a solid foundation in how today’s communicators deliver tangible value toward the financial health of an organization. In addition to understanding how to use data and simplify complex information, participants learn how to collaborate with specialists to effectively communicate to investors. The course culminates in a case study, which requires students to distill and deliver financial information to the media and directly to investors.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze business financial performance and manage investor relations;
  2. Conduct statistical analysis and simplify complex issues in communications;
  3. Collaborate with experts in business, statistics, data mining, and data visualizations;
  4. Analyze business decisions through the lens of communicators.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, faculty, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Course: MPGC-800: Adapting to the Future
Dates: Online: March 14 – May 7, 2018
On-site residency: April 29 –​ May 5
Residency Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Overview: The fourth residency immerses students in market-specific communications and management challenges. Students learn how to balance global consideration with local execution. This experience is framed in the broader understanding of social impact. Students will practice adapting a global communications campaign strategy to the needs of an emerging market. The development process for this requires students to understand the market, including social and traditional media.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Strategize multicultural communications within and across organizations;
  2. Compare media systems in diverse markets, cultures, and political systems;
  3. Create CSR communications plans to engage emerging markets.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, faculty, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Course: MPGC-900: Advisor, Educator, Integrator (Capstone)
Dates: Online: May 21 – August 19, 2018
On-site residency: August 5 – 11
Residency Location: Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C.
Overview: The final residency enables students to practice their multifaceted roles as advisors, educators, and integrators within an organization. For their final project, students work with a client to integrate a communications strategy across diverse global markets. The strategy must demonstrate key concepts from each of the previous four courses and include a management model for implementing the effort. In addition, students are asked to demonstrate other competencies, including developing and administering training that is suitable for a global organization, conducting an advising session with a senior executive, and creating a personal leadership development plan to serve as a roadmap for future success.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Perform the role of the advisor;
  2. Design education plans for communicators within an organization;
  3. Strategize career management, personal branding, and leadership development;
  4. Integrate innovative global communications strategies.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, faculty, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

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