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MCM Program Information

Our Master of Communication and Media (MCM) program prepares students for professional careers in public relations, marketing, media and other communication-intensive positions. With an emphasis on theory and practice that includes critical thinking, problem solving, writing skills and digital advancements, the MCM program is committed to developing individuals who are fully equipped to assume leadership roles in the vast communication industry.

Semester Options 

Admissions is offered on a rolling basis: Fall, Spring and Summer.

Students can complete an MCM degree as fast as 15 months, most finish in18 to 24 months.

Study Options

Courses are offered: On campus, online, blended courses and weekend courses. This provides flexibility to study while also working. Over 60 percent of MCM students work full-time.

Degree Requirements

The MCM program requires the successful completion of a minimum of 36 credits. This includes the completion of a five-course core (12 credits), two to three specialization core courses and five to eight elective courses (15 -24 credits).

The degree typically requires three terms of full-time study: 12 credits per term is the maximum course load. Study is frequently pursued on a part-time basis. Most students enroll in 2-3 courses per semester.  This can be managed while working full-time.

Up to 6 credits may be applied from another program outside of MCM. Students may transfer up to 6 credits of graduate coursework toward the degree if credits were earned within the past 5 years, if the coursework translates directly to the student's development and preparation in the MCM program, and only if the student achieved a grade of B in this coursework. A syllabus for each course should be forwarded to the Program Director for consideration of transfer. To request transfer credit, please submit the Transfer Form to the MCM Director.

In all cases, however, each degree student must earn 30 credits within the program.

There are no language or mathematics requirements for this degree.


Our MCM program offers eight specializations so students can focus on a specific area of study:

  • Public Relations
  • Leadership Communication
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Strategic Organizational Communication
  • Digital Media
  • Health Communication
  • Communication and Media Research
  • Corporate Purpose and Social Impact (Spring 2020)

International Students

If you are an international student you should visit the Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services website.

The Rutgers Global website will outline specifics about rules that apply to you concerning your Visa status; special forms; orientation; international advisers; special rules concerning employment and internships among many other pieces of information.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE all international MCM students to attend an orientation session as early in or before their first semester of study.


MCM students complete 36 credits to earn their degree. The program is self-paced (3-12 credits per semester). There are seven specializations available to you. Once you are admitted to the MCM program, you can stay within a specialization or combine specializations to focus on multiple areas of interest.

All core and elective courses in the eight specialized are taught online and/or on-campus in the evening (between 6:20-9:00 p.m.) on weeknights (M – Th).