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Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership Program Features


Project-Based Learning

The strategic communication and leadership program provides individualized learning experiences both in and out of class in specialized communication areas, such as business, nonprofit, marketing and social media. Students are encouraged to apply their coursework to real-life working and career situations.

Flexible evening scheduling involves eight class meetings per course. Core classes occur in a face-to-face environment with some online options for electives.

The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the best practices of strategic communication including issues management, crisis management, strategic development implementation and evaluation communication programs, and socially responsible communication in public and private environments. The 12-credit leadership core is designed to develop the ability to manage and influence people including communication skills, interpersonal skills, persuasive skills, ethical and contingent skills.

Maryville undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 100 credit hours with at least 20 credit hours from Maryville, and in consultation with their academic advisor and the graduate director may earn up to 12 credit hours of coursework in the graduate leadership or strategic communication core.



Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few. Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.

Course Delivery Options

Flexibility – With flexible evening scheduling that involves only eight class meetings per course, this program is designed to meet the needs of both the working professional and the recent college graduate. Core classes occur in a face-to-face environment with some online options for electives.

Individualized Learning Experiences – The program provides tailored learning experiences both in- and out-of-class in specialized communication areas, such as business, non-profit, marketing and social media, through tailored elective courses and personalized projects. Students are encouraged to apply their coursework to their real-life working and career situations.

Early Access Option – Maryville undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 100 credit hours, with at least 20 credit hours from Maryville, and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 and/or have demonstrated significant academic ability in the major through the last two years of academic work may apply to take courses toward the Early Access Option. Students should consult with their academic adviser and the Graduate Director for more information. Early access students may earn up to 12 credit hours of coursework in the graduate Leadership or Strategic Communication core in consultation with the graduate director.

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