Program in Professional Communication College of Professional and Continuing Education Clark University

Program in Professional Communication College of Professional and Continuing Education Clark University

Worcester, MA
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Graduate Degree Program in Professional Communication for Working Professionals

Through its College of Professional and Continuing Education, Clark University offers a number of advanced degrees designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals, including a Master of Science in Professional Communication (MSPC) degree program. Courses are scheduled for evenings or Saturday mornings to accommodate the schedules of non-traditional students.

The MSPC degree program curriculum is designed to enhance communication skills and managerial techniques for mid-level communication professionals and recent bachelor's degree graduates. Students in the program include public relations specialists, human resource managers, communication managers, and advertising executives.

Students may sample the program by taking 2 or 3 courses. Those who complete 2 courses with grades of "B" or above may substitute these courses for the GRE or GMAT otherwise required for entering the degree program.

Developing Effective Communication Across All Environments

MSPC degree program students will develop proficiency in communicating effectively in all environments through writing, speaking, and technology use. They should have the ability to build teams, manage conflict, develop human capital, and direct the flow of vital information.

Students have the option to specialize on 1 of 4 tracks, including marketing communications, new media technologies, communications management, and human resource development. Each track in turn allows a focus in several areas of specialization, as well as a customized course of study.

The MSPC degree program requires 7 foundation courses and 5 electives for the nonthesis option or 6 foundation courses, 4 electives and 2 thesis courses for the thesis option. Students with less than 3 years' professional work experience are encouraged to participate in professional internships.

Marketing Communication Concentration

The marketing communication concentration focuses on communication to an external audience, and covers such topics as developing a strategic marketing plan, understanding one's audience, how to discover what motivates them and how to create an effective message to them and interact with them. New technology courses concentrate on how to use the Internet and social media as marketing tools, including the skills necessary to create and maintain web site, blogs, and podcasts.

New Media Technologies Track

The New Media technologies track prepares students for the future of new mass media. Offered in conjunction with the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program, this program helps students develop the skills necessary for the online and computer-based communications industries. By blending content and technology with an analysis of current industry practices, students prepare to be new media producers and managers for projects such as web sites and other digital ventures. The new media technologies specialization emphasizes the design and structuring of traditional mass media content for broadband delivery.

Communication Management Specialization

The communication management specialization focuses on strategic and integrated communications and the interface between communication competencies and organizational vision and strategy. This degree program teaches students how to reach organizational goals, whether managing change for a high-tech corporation, marketing to multicultural constituents, or raising funds for community health programs.

Human Resource Management Track

The human resource management track provides coursework in managing diversity, human resource development, conflict management and negotiation, and more. Students gain critical skills in maximizing productivity, minimizing friction, and retaining valuable employees. Students enrolled in this track may further concentrate their studies in either human resource management or conflict management.

Available in Accelerated BA/Master's Degree Program Format

The MSPC degree program participates as one of the Clark University 5th-Year-Free accelerated BA/Master's degree programs. Under this arrangement, qualified Clark undergrads can earn both bachelor's and master's degrees with the fifth year tuition-free.

Offered in Poland and Russia

The Master of Science in Professional Communication degree program is also offered on the Clark University branch campuses in Poland and Russia. Designed for mid-level professionals, this degree program provides the students with skills for effective human resource development, marketing theories, organizational communications as well as conflict management and exposure to state-of-the-art communications technologies.

Nationally Recognized Liberal Arts and Research-focused University

A small liberal arts and research-focused university, Clark University has consistently been recognized in national rankings such as "U.S. News Best Colleges" including the Top 30 Great Schools, Great Prices, and Top 75 Best National Universities. "Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine" has ranked Clark University among the Top 10 New England's Best Values in Private Universities and Top 50 Best Values in Private Colleges; "Forbes" has placed Clark among America's Top Colleges both in the Top 40 in Research Universities and the Best in Private Colleges categories; and "The Princeton Review" has ranked Clark among the Best Colleges in the Northeast and the Top Rated Green College.

Clark, located in Worcester, MA, is home to about 1100 graduate students who enjoy a student faculty member ratio of just 10:1.

Small, Livable Urban Center

Worcester, with a population of approximately 175,000, is the second largest city in New England. It is situated in central Massachusetts, about an hour from Boston and three hours from New York City. It has recently been recognized as one of the 10 most livable cities in the U.S. by "Forbes" magazine and was also recognized by "Business Week" as a top city to live in for people ages 20 to 29.

Location & Contact

Program in Professional Communication

College of Professional and Continuing Education
Clark University

950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
United States

William Fisher


Phone: 508-793-7676

Ethan Bernstein

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 508-793-7373

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Communication Master of Science in Professional Communications (MSPC)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 44
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


81% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 70
    • Accepted 57
    • Acceptance Rate 81
    • Enrolled 22
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
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    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students40
    • Female Percentage82%
    • Male Percentage18%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students40
    • Part-time Percentage40%
    • Full-time Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown17%