Graduate Programs

Political Communication (MA)

Emerson’s multifaceted and dynamic approach to education allows graduates to become masters of political communication at global, regional, and local levels.

Program highlights:

  • Acquire campaign management knowledge and skills
  • Develop and execute political and social advocacy campaigns
  • Shape public opinion and policy through persuasive communication, public opinion research, online advocacy and social media strategy
  • Critically analyze key debates and issues of public and political communication
  • Create and implement public diplomacy campaigns to connect cultures
  • Create survey research to inform your Digital Communication strategy
  • No GRE requirements 
  • Full-time and part-time options available 
  • Courses are offered nights and evenings to fit your schedule

Our Political Communication (MA) program is incredibly versatile—complete it part-time or full-time, anywhere from one to three years. Courses are offered primarily in the evening, allowing working professionals to participate in our program and leaving time for students to participate in internship and networking opportunities.

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Careers & Connections

Making Connections

Now more than ever, communication professionals are essential for governmental, nonprofit, political, and advocacy organizations. Emerson’s practical approach to education will allow you to develop and finetune your skills in electoral politics and public diplomacy in local, national, and international politics, advocacy, and public affairs.

Our students are immersed in the art of politics from day one. During the course of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with Emerson Polling, one of the nation’s most respected polling organizations and recognized by Bloomberg, 538, and others as one of the most accurate and trusted sources. Our course structure even allows for collaborative work on professional and academic publications including the American Behavioral Scientist, Tripidos, among others.

These practical learning experiences ensure that our graduates complete the Political Communication (MA) program with the skills needed to advance their career. Students go on to become:

  • Campaign managers
  • Speechwriters
  • Pollsters
  • Fundraisers
  • Event Managers
  • NGO advocates
  • Chiefs of Staff
  • Social Media Content Managers

Alumni Spotlights/Quotes

As a graduate of our Political Communication (MA) program, you will become part of a robust alumni network and have access to the Global Leadership of Emerson Alumni in Political Communication. Sample alum:

  • Katie Prisco-Buxbaum: Campaign Manager at Jesse Mermell for Congress (Former Southwest Finance Director for Kamala Harris for President)
  • Emma Friend: Digital Organizer for Ed Markey for Senate (Former Communications staffer at Elizabeth Warren for President)
  • Zack Mooney: GOTV Training Director at Elizabeth Warren for Senate
  • Emily Goodell: 2020 Field Organizer at Joe Kennedy III for MA 
  • Samantha Kelley: Campaign Manager for Meg Wheeler for State Senate
  • Sonali Anand: Summer 2020 Intern at Joe Kennedy III for MA
  • Madison Lynch: 2020 Summer Fellowship at Jesse Mermell for Congress 
  • Kyle Neill: Staffer, Boston City Councillor Andrea Campbell

Global Connections

  • Political Communication students with an interest in international relations and European politics can study for a term in cities like Sydney, Barcelona, and Lisbon
  • Opportunity to present academic and practical research at national and global conferences as well as publication opportunities

Faculty Spotlight

Emerson College is committed to high-quality and high-touch education. As a student in the Public Relations program, you will have great access to your professors and have the opportunity to collaborate with them during your time at Emerson and beyond.

Your Graduate Program Director

Your Graduate Program Director, Linda Gallant, will serve as your primary faculty advisor, guiding you on course selection to ensure that you will both achieve your learning objectives and satisfy the program requirements. You will also receive program and department news from your program director along with any on- and off-campus opportunities that might be of interest to you.