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Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication

graduate degree (Masters of Arts)

Academics / Departments & Programs / Communication / AcademicsMaster of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication

Degree Overview

Advance your communication skills and your career options with a Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication from Calvin University.

Effective storytelling adapts to new media channels, social media platforms, and cultural shifts. With a master's degree from Calvin, you'll do much more than simply keep up with trends. You'll discover ways to create nuanced, powerful stories that resonate in audio, video, text, and more.

Your experience begins with a week-long course where you'll be introduced to the basics of media production. From there, you'll go on to build strategies for reaching your audience, employ them in crafting messages for different media platforms, and evaluate their effectiveness.

By completing this program, you'll boost your career options in advertising, journalism, public relations, social media, and more. You'll gain all the skills you need to communicate with power and integrity in an ever-changing digital world. You'll have a voice that commands attention and a message that's worth listening to.

Program Distinctives

 
Set your own pace - Take courses both online and in the classroom, at a pace that fits your schedule. You can earn your master's degree from Calvin in as little as ten months.
 
Gain real-world experience - You'll apply what you're learning through a micro-internship, working with an experienced professional to create strategies and content for real clients through Calvin’s student-run creative media company.
 
Ask important questions - Your classes are taught by committed Christian professors who will challenge you to think through tough questions about ethics in communication careers. You'll learn to advocate for the people, communities, and businesses you serve.

Degree Information

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  • Advising

    Kathi Groenendyk

    Kathi Groenendyk

    Communication Department Chair
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    Samuel Smartt

    Samuel Smartt

    Assistant Professor
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  • Careers

    Use your degree to thrive as a(n):

    • Advertising executive/planner
    • Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers
    • Content manager
    • Digital marketing manager
    • Editors
    • Film and video editors and camera operators
    • Integrated marketing communications
    • Multimedia journalist and more
    • Public relations specialist
    • Social media manager
  • To apply

    Who can apply?

    Students can apply after finishing a four-year degree at an accredited academic institution. You'll also need a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate education for admission.

    We are excited to offer admission to our first cohort starting in the spring of 2021. The application will open mid-August!

    At this time, we are unable to accept international students in the first cohort. Please contact us if you this applies to you.

    Admission Requirements

    1. Complete the online application (opens mid-August)
    2. Submit current resumé
      Include as part of online application, or after application submission from your application status page.
    3. Submit two professional recommendations
      Provide contact information for recommenders as part of online application. Recommenders will submit recommendations directly to Calvin.
    4. Optional: Submit a demo reel, portfolio, or work sample
      Include links or files as part of online application, or after application submission from your application status page.
    5. Submit the following additional deliverables by email, or mail to Calvin University admissions (see contact information below):
      • Official transcripts from each college or university attended

    Email mmsc@calvin.edu
    Mail Calvin University Admissions, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    For more information, let us know about your interest in this program, or contact mmsc@calvin.edu.

    Request Information

    If you're not ready to apply, let us know you're interested and we'll keep you in the loop.

    More Information

    You're also encouraged to email us if you want to discuss this program further. We look forward to meeting you soon.
    Email mmsc@calvin.edu

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