Announcing the 2015–2016 Modules: D.C., London, Singapore

 
 

The executive master’s in Global Strategic Communications is a yearlong intensive program designed for current and emerging communications 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.

A Cohort-Based Program

Students progress through the GSC program as a cohort, participating in a series of on-site residencies and associated online coursework. The program’s hybrid format enables students to continue to work and earn their degree without career interruptions. In between residencies, students engage in distance learning, attending scheduled online class sessions and completing the rest of their studies on their own time. These online studies provide students with a deeper understanding of communications principles through webinars, online coursework, and virtual group discussions.

As a cohort-based program, students must enroll in the fall at the beginning of each academic year.

Degree Requirements & Modules

To earn a degree in this intensive one-year program, students must successfully complete all five, six-credit program modules (6 credits each; 30 credits total), including the Capstone module. The five modules feature a blend of online learning activities, on-site weeklong residencies, and a virtual summit.

Students must maintain a minimum, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and receive a minimum grade of “B” in the Capstone course to graduate from the GSC program. 

2015-2016 Program Calendar*

Module 1: Global Leadership & Communications
(Residency: Washington, D.C.)

Module 2: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders
(Residency: London, UK)

Module 3: Impacting Business Success
(Virtual Summit)

Module 4: Adapting to the Future
(Residency: Republic of Singapore)

Module 5: Advisor, Educator, Integrator (Capstone)
(Residency: Washington, D.C.)

Module

Module Dates

On-site Dates

Residency Location

Module 1

September 2 – October 25, 2015

October 19 – 24, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Module 2

October 28 – December 20, 2015

December 7 – 12, 2015

London, UK

Module 3

January 13 – March 6, 2016

February 26 – 28, 2016

Virtual Summit

Module 4

March 9 – May 3, 2016

April 25 – 30, 2016

Republic of Singapore

Module 5

May 23 – August 13, 2016

August 1 – 6, 2016

Washington, D.C.

*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, locations, dates, and deadlines, is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Student Travel Requirements

Students are required to be on site for four residencies. Each residency is designed to provide students with the practical skills and knowledge they need to advance as leaders and excel in their careers. Students must make their own travel arrangements to each on-site residency. Seven nights of lodging and some meals are covered by tuition.

Students will be required to arrive no later than the evening before the day the on-site program begins and may not leave before the program ends. For example, for Module 1 in 2015, students should plan to arrive in Washington, D.C. no later than the evening of October 18 and leave no earlier than the evening of October 24.

Program Contact Hours

The following shows the standard progression for a cohort of GSC students:

 Residency

Credits*

Hours

Total Contact Hours

On-site

Online

 Module 1

6

54

21

75

 Module 2

6

54

21

75

 Module 3

6

0

75

75

 Module 4

6

54

21

75

 Module 5

6

54

23

77

Total

30

216

161

377

*37.5 contact hours = 3 credits for graduate-level SCS seminars

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