Fall 2024 Deadline
U.S. Residents and International Students
Applications are considered on a rolling basis
For a September program start, the application deadline is July 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 500+ 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 journalism and PR backgrounds to succeed in roles such as:

  • Content Curation roles
  • CEO, PR firm
  • Communications coordinator
  • Community affairs manager
  • Marketing and communications specialist
  • Marketing director
  • Public relations manager
  • Social Media manager

Take Courses On Campus, Online & Hybrid

We offer on-campus, online and hybrid courses between 6–9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays each semester. We offer fully online courses each semester including winter and summer semesters. Earn your degree in 18–24 months or as little as 15 months, even while working full-time. 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
  • GRE scores are optional 
STEM-Designated Program
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A STEM-designated program is an academic program that falls under at least one of the approved categories from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These categories are recognized by the government for their focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has also classified STEM careers as having some of the greatest growth potential and the highest-paying jobs for the 21st century. A STEM field education could be the most useful tool you have.

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 Rutgers’ 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.