Spring 2025 Deadline
U.S. Residents and International Students
Applications are considered on a rolling basis
For a January program start, the application deadline is November 1, 2024

Master of Communication and Media

Realize Your Potential. Unlock the Possibilities.

Change happens quickly in information-intensive fields like communication, public relations, marketing, journalism, and social media. A Rutgers’ Master of Communication and Media (MCM) puts you at the forefront of change so you can advance your career options.

Work with expert faculty who integrate theory and practice to keep you abreast of current trends. Choose from seven specializations, gain professional hands-on experience, and join a robust alumni network that includes the communication disciplines’ sharpest researchers, theoreticians, and practitioners.

Give Yourself Unparalleled Opportunities

From digital media to corporate social responsibility, your MCM degree will help propel your next career advancement. Many of our 1,700+ MCM alumni launch successful career pivots fueled by earning this unique master’s credential. Strategically located, Rutgers’ proximity to the New York and Philadelphia markets offers unparalleled opportunities in multiple industries.

Our alumni build on their backgrounds to succeed in roles such as:

  • Content curation roles
  • Corporate communications Manager
  • Community affairs manager
  • Marketing director
  • Public relations manager
  • Social media manager

Take Courses On Campus, Online and Hybrid

We offer on-campus, online, and hybrid courses each semester to give our students the flexibility to earn their master’s degree while balancing the other parts of their lives. We offer fully online courses each semester, including winter and summer semesters. Our ‘live’ classes (on-campus and online via Zoom) are offered weeknights between 6-9 p.m. Earn your degree in 18–24 months or as little as 15 months, even while working full-time. Over 60% of our MCM students either work full- or part-time.

  • 36 credit, self-paced program
  • 5 core courses (12 credits)
  • 8 electives (24 credits)
  • Internship and study abroad opportunities are available as electives
  • GRE scores are optional 

Choose from Seven Specializations

All MCM students take the same five program core courses (12 credits), then choose seven elective courses (24 credits) within your specific area of study. Choose from among these seven specializations:

You may transfer up to six credits of graduate coursework toward your degree if you meet the transfer requirements. There are no language or mathematics requirements.

Discover What MCM Can Do For You

Learn how the MCM can prepare you to thrive in the vast and dynamic communication industry and assume leadership roles. If you are an international student, visit the Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services website.

Take the Next Step
Review application processes and deadlines for the MCM program.