MA in Communication (Online)

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Public Affairs & Advocacy

Chart your career in law, policy and politics.

Prepare yourself for professional leadership by learning how to navigate the world of politics, legislation, public policy and advocacy. Change careers or gain valuable skills that will prepare you for success in your current field. This track of our flexible, interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Communication allows you to tailor your coursework to suit your career goals.

You will build on foundational classes in research, professional ethics, advanced writing, public affairs and advocacy, speechwriting and legislation. You then customize your program by choosing from a menu of electives in policy, business, leadership, brand communication, or health and science. Your adviser will help you select the best classes to meet your needs.

New classes start every six weeks. This accelerated year-round schedule means it is possible for you to earn your degree in one year.

Alumni of SJMC graduate programs have used the skills and networking obtained through their degrees to help them advance within their companies, nonprofits and agencies; change careers, and start their own businesses. They’ve gained insight into their personal leadership styles, and professional strengths and areas for improvement.


The Public Affairs & Advocacy track is a 33-credit program Master of Arts in Communication program with coursework in the following subjects:

  • Research (3 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)
  • Advanced Writing (3 credits)
  • Public Affairs & Advocacy (3 credits)
  • Speechwriting (3 credits)
  • Legislation (3 credits)
  • Policy Electives (9 credits)
  • Additional Electives (3 credits)
  • Capstone (3 credits)

To learn more about specific course offerings within these topics, visit our Course Descriptions page.

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply, visit the Drake Online Programs site. You can also contact our online enrollment specialists at or 844-254-4221.