Washington runs on 24/7 news cycles, spin control, and strategic social media. Get the skills you need to be a communications pro! From national and global media outlets to public relations firms, from Capitol Hill to nonprofit organizations, the nation’s capital is the place to work in communications. At Trinity, you will gain the skills for success in today’s fast-paced communications field – and be ready for the next wave of new media!

Trinity’s Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations program trains the next generation of communication experts to think critically, strategically, and creatively. The program’s unique blend of technical and tactical course work prepares graduates to practice the craft of communication ethically and equitably. Significant individual study and guided independent learning enhance the academic experience and sharpen practical skills.

Career-focused: For those seeking to advance in their current communication role or seek a career change, this program positions graduates to be effective communicators and leaders in corporate, nonprofit, government, and private sector organizations. Students learn key communication skills – from content creation to digital strategy – to give them a competitive edge in the marketplace, for careers in strategic communication management, public relations, public affairs, and digital media.

Affordable: The Master of Arts program is affordable – with one of the lowest tuition rates in the Washington region.

Convenient: Evening courses are offered in an accelerated format with eight-week terms, making it convenient to complete the 36-credit program (12 courses). Students generally take three courses per semester and complete their degree in two academic calendar years (21 months). Students may choose to complete the degree in three academic calendar years by taking two courses per semester.

PROGRAM QUICK FACTS


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Degree Level: Graduate
Degree Type: M.A.
School: School of Business and Graduate Studies
Format: Evening/Weekend
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Washington runs on 24/7 news cycles, spin control, and strategic social media. Get the skills you need to be a communications pro! From national and global media outlets to public relations firms, from Capitol Hill to nonprofit organizations, the nation’s capital is the place to work in communications. At Trinity, you will gain the skills for success in today’s fast-paced communications field – and be ready for the next wave of new media!

Trinity’s Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations program trains the next generation of communication experts to think critically, strategically, and creatively. The program’s unique blend of technical and tactical course work prepares graduates to practice the craft of communication ethically and equitably. Significant individual study and guided independent learning enhance the academic experience and sharpen practical skills.

Career-focused: For those seeking to advance in their current communication role or seek a career change, this program positions graduates to be effective communicators and leaders in corporate, nonprofit, government, and private sector organizations. Students learn key communication skills – from content creation to digital strategy – to give them a competitive edge in the marketplace, for careers in strategic communication management, public relations, public affairs, and digital media.

Affordable: The Master of Arts program is affordable – with one of the lowest tuition rates in the Washington region.

Convenient: Evening courses are offered in an accelerated format with eight-week terms, making it convenient to complete the 36-credit program (12 courses). Students generally take three courses per semester and complete their degree in two academic calendar years (21 months). Students may choose to complete the degree in three academic calendar years by taking two courses per semester.

Practice the craft of communication ethically and equitably, building relationships that aid in achieving social justice.

Just 36 Credits To Complete!

Just some of the amazing courses you’ll be taking:

SCPR 520 Multicultural Media History
SCPR 530 Crisis Communications
SCPR 540 Journalism and Public Relations Writing
SCPR 600 Media Law
SCPR 605 Media Ethics Case Studies
SCPR 632 Political Communications and Campaigns

Learn In Demand Skills

  • Speechwriting
  • Crisis and reputation management
  • Culturally-competent communications
  • Writing for digital platforms
  • Core web design concepts

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

  • Social Media Manager and Analyst
  • Media Specialist
  • Senior Editorial Manager & Content Specialist
  • Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
  • Digital Director
  • Fundraiser
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
  • Senior Public Relations Specialist
  • Communications Writer
  • Public Policy Associate

Learn Your Way

Trinity’s accelerated graduate and professional programs offer flexible scheduling that works around your busy schedule, and gives you more ways to connect with your professor and our programs have learning opportunities for both on-campus and off-campus experiences.

Trinity is the lowest-cost private university in the Washington D.C. region, and can make getting your next degree a reality, no matter where you are on the path of life.

My Trinity Communication master’s degree gave me a deep understanding of crafting messages and delivering them in the right format and channel for maximum impact – skills I use every day in my job.
Timothy Russell ’13

Discover Your Strength with a Truly Singular Higher Education Experience

Trinity Washington University has been educating national and local leaders for over 120 years.

Discover Empowerment

  • Attend a U.S. Department of Education-designated Predominantly Black Institution and a Minority Serving Institution
  • Graduate with less debt:  Trinity has the lowest private college tuition rate in the Washington D.C. region; 100% of students receive some sort of financial aid, with 80% eligible for Federal Pell Grants
  • Learn leadership skills in Trinity’s inclusive environment: Trinity is a national innovator for gender, racial and social equity in higher education
  • Trinity empowers women leaders to make positive changes for their families, communities, places of work and the larger society
  • Learn to lead with integrity and compassion, justice and equity as a professional and as a citizen leader

Discover Commitment

  • Community: Trinity graduates more D.C. residents than any other private college, making up nearly 60% of the student body. Trinity’s location in the heart of the nation’s capital provides unparalleled internship and research opportunities
  • Care for each and every student: Trinity’s ~4:1 student-to-teacher ratio means students are never just a number
  • Student welfare: Trinity offers low-cost residential and meal plan options and resources for students experiencing serious temporary food insecurity and other life challenges
  • Lifelong learning: Trinity develops the drive to keep learning, to discover and analyze new ideas, to advocate and implement actions that contribute to the common good and support social transformation

Discover Excellence

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921
  • Trinity graduates consistently perform above the national average on professional exit exams and certifications
  • Trinity’s award-winning faculty are national and local leaders in their fields, with many highly awarded for research and other publications
  • With opportunities for original research in many programs, Trinity students have been cited as authors in published research and articles