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Strategic Communication, MA

Study Strategic Communication at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll hone and expand communication abilities highly valued by employers in every field, ready to advance your career in one of the world’s fastest-growing professions. Through hands-on projects with clients and coursework taught by industry professionals, you’ll build skills such as crafting an impactful message, developing a rebrand strategy, using the latest technology to shape an innovative communication plan, and more.

Program at a Glance

Throughout all programs, emphasis is placed on the application of Christian truth and values to the study of communication theories and processes, consideration of ethical issues, and the mastery of current scholarship in each field.

All programs focus on applying Christian values to communication studies, thinking about ethics, and mastering the latest research in each field.

Application Deadline

  • With five entry points, you can apply at any time to start the program.

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Program Information

  • Program Units:30
  • Cost per Unit:$689
  • Base Cost: $20,670*


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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Apply your knowledge and experience as you work with real-world clients.
  • Examine the field from a Christian perspective.
  • Learn from faculty with industry experience and connection in the field.
  • Utilize effective communication strategies across industries.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid

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Program Details

Whether you’re already working in the industry or looking to transition careers, the strategic communication master’s program is offered entirely online, giving you the convenience and flexibility you need to integrate graduate school with work and life responsibilities.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

Admission Requirements

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all postbaccalaureate study

    An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.
  • Personal statement describing your interest in APU’s MA in Strategic Communication program. In 750 words or less, please address the following questions:
  • What attracts you to APU’s MA in Strategic Communication program?
  • What are your long-term career goals? How will APU’s MA in Strategic Communication program help you reach your professional goals?
  • Resumé: Include your current resumé, highlighting your professional and academic background (e.g. education, work experience, academic and professional achievements, certifications).

Send official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
[email protected]

Delivering high quality graduate programs takes a comprehensive support system. Your investment in an advanced degree includes a complete network of student services and access to a community of faculty and staff who partner with you in your pursuit of your MA in Strategic Communication.

MA in Strategic Communication (per unit) $689

View a complete list of university fees.

All stated financial information is subject to change. Contact the Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020 for more information.

Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students. The resources range from federal loans and state grants to, for some graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid available for your program, please contact the Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

If you have questions, we’re here to help! Connect with a representative who can walk you through the program details and application process.

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Additional Program Contacts

Department of Communication Studies


(626) 812-3044


Department of Communication Studies
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000


Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Services Center

Contact (626) 812-3016 or [email protected], and visit for details on the admissions process, financial aid, and class registration.

International Services

International students should contact +1-626-812-3055 or [email protected], and visit

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Christopher Leland

Christopher Leland

Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

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The Best Strategic Communication Jobs

With so many voices trying to be heard on a variety of platforms, the need for effective communicators has never been greater. Accordingly, strategic communication jobs have been proliferating across the country.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.
*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.
All stated financial information is subject to change. View Tuition tab above.

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