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Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Curriculum

Curricular Overview

The program will require satisfactory completion of 36 credit hours (12 courses) of approved coursework: eight required courses, including a capstone experience (24 credit hours) and four electives (12 credit hours).

All of the courses during fall and spring semesters will be taught in a once-a-week format on weekday evenings at the School of Communication. In addition, one elective will be offered as an online course each summer.

International Study and Immersion

International study and immersion will distinguish this program from competitive master’s programs in strategic communication, public relations, advertising and integrated marketing communication. We believe students studying global strategic communication will benefit from firsthand exposure to how strategic communication is defined and practiced in the communication and business capitals of Europe and Asia.

Topics in Global Strategic Communication will be taught in a two-week format at the Beijing Center and in London (or in another major European city). The course will be offered on one topic in one city in May after the end of spring semester and on another topic in another city during winter break the following January.

One Topics in Global Strategic Communication course will be required. Students will also be strongly encouraged to take the course a second time – on a different topic and in a different city – as an elective. Because this course will be offered once per calendar year, students who work and have limited vacation time are expected to be more likely to fit the course into their schedules. All anticipated costs for international study and immersion courses will be included in the tuition except for air travel.

Length of Program

The program is expected to take two academic years to complete. However, if a student completes two Topics in Global Strategic Communication courses as well as an online course during the summer between the first and second years of the program, he or she may be able to graduate in 1½ years or reduce their course load during fall and spring semesters of their second year. This is expected to make the program more attractive to some potential students.

Time to Degree

The master’s program in Global Strategic Communication is expected to take two academic years to complete. However, if a student completes both international courses as well as an online course during the summer between the first and second years of the program, he or she may be able to graduate in 1½ years or reduce their course load during fall and spring semesters of their second year in the program.

Courses to be Offered

Below is a list of required courses and electives.

Required Courses

Electives

 Course Schedule

1st semester

Foundations of Global Strategic Communication (required)

Organizational Leadership and Change Management (required)

Strategic Communication Research Methods (required)

2nd semester

Strategic Communication Ethics and the Law (required)

Communication Content Mining and Analytics (required)

Elective  

May two-week international study

Topics in Global Strategic Communication (required)

Summer between 2nd and 3rd semesters

Optional elective (online)

3rd semester

Campaign Development (required)

Elective

January two-week international study

Topics in Global Strategic Communication (elective)

4th semester

Capstone (required)

Elective

Elective

Loyola

School of Communication · 820 N. Michigan Ave
Water Tower Campus · Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915.6548 · Fax: 312.915.6955
E-mail: LoyolaSOC@luc.edu

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