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Master of Science in Strategic Communications with a Concentration in Technology Law and Policy Online


Gain the critical thinking, analytical and practical skills you need to develop communication strategies that address real-world issues. Learn how to deploy an array of tools to craft, track and measure communication effectiveness while gaining a functional understanding of paid, earned, shared and owned media.

Next Apply Date: 12/15/23
Next Class Start Date: 1/8/24
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Next Apply Date: 12/15/23
Next Class Start Date: 1/8/24

Program Overview


Discover A-State's 100% online M.S. in Strategic Communications – Technology Law and Policy

The Master of Science in Strategic Communications with an Emphasis in Technology Law and Policy online program focuses on the critical thinking, analysis, and practical skills you need to develop and implement communication strategies that address real-world issues.

Students in this program will examine the policies and regulations of online communication, including those related to intellectual property, data protection and privacy. As the demand for data protection and privacy continues to grow, more organizations are creating specialized roles such as a data privacy officer and data protection officer. These roles require advanced knowledge on law and a higher level degree.

This program prepares you for a rewarding career in leadership roles such as:

  • Data Privacy Officer
  • Data Protection Officer
  • Marketing Communications Director
  • Public Relations Director
  • Director of Content Management
  • Associate Director of Strategic Communications Technology & Privacy
  • Director of Intellectual Policy
  • Data Privacy Officer
  • Data Protection Officer
  • Marketing Communications Director
  • Public Relations Director
  • Director of Content Management
  • Associate Director of Strategic Communications Technology & Privacy
  • Director of Intellectual Policy

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Total Tuition: $10,200
Program Duration: As few as 10 months
Credit Hours 30
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Tuition


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The M.S. in Strategic Communications – Technology Law & Policy online program offers the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $340
Total Tuition: $10,200

Calendar


Arkansas State Online dates and deadlines

Designed to be flexible for working professionals, the M.S. in Strategic Communications – Technology Law & Policy online program features accelerated coursework and multiple start dates.

Please note Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms are 5 weeks in duration for this program.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring 11/8/2412/15/2312/19/231/4/241/5/242/23/24
Spring 23/4/242/19/242/23/242/29/243/1/244/26/24
Summer 15/28/245/14/245/17/245/23/245/24/246/27/24
Summer 27/2/246/18/246/21/246/27/246/28/248/1/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 12/15/23
Start Class 1/8/24

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Admissions


What you need to know before applying

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission to help you get started quickly and easily. Applicants seeking admission to the M.S. in Strategic Communications – Technology Law & Policy must submit a sample of writing, which could be a recent term paper or research paper. Review the full admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Writing sample

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree or a master's degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution.
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institutions.
  • Submit a writing sample that showcases applicants' writing abilities and demonstrates creative thinking skills. Examples of acceptable samples include a term or research paper, blog post, case study, whitepaper or website.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467


Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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Courses


Read about our technology law and policy online classes

The M.S. in Strategic Communications – Technology Law & Policy online program requires 30 credit hours of coursework. Students will take five required core courses (15 credit hours), select either STCM 6033 or MDIA 6423 (three credit hours), and four additional STCM courses (12 credit hours).

Students pursuing the M.S. in Strategic Communications – Technology Law & Policy degree must complete 30 credit hours.

Students must take the following five courses.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of the tools and techniques of empirical research as they may be applied to media and communication.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Using social scientific research methods for audience/consumer analysis, this course provides a survey of applications of research in media industries. Pragmatic task activities will be conducted via Nielsen, Arbitron, SRDS and related data sources to find audience market insights.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Seminar in Strategic Communications - The role of strategic communications in and for organizations and brands, including communications objective(s), target audience(s), and key messages. Addresses application of communication theory and research related to public relations, advertising, and social media.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced study of the principles and practice of media account management. Includes an in-depth analysis of advantages and disadvantages of multiple media platforms in communicating messages to diverse target audiences and a discussion of effective and ethical client relationships.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The Strategic Communication capstone course is an opportunity for students to synthesize and apply knowledge from throughout the Strategic Communication program. Under the guidance of the instructor, students investigate a real-world strategic communication issue, devising solutions, recommendations and strategies that bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Students must select one of the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Course provides an introduction to media laws and regulations, addressing how they impact media managers, how to allocate necessary resources, and how to remain current as to media policies and regulations.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will focus on development of entrepreneurial products by taking an idea from conception to production completion while practicing aspects of management, financing, and entrepreneurship. Students will address communication industry dilemmas that address creative product development.​
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Comparison of the European Union and United States data protection systems, including sector-specific regulations such as those from the Federal Trade Commission.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of the International Intellectual Property System (IIPS) and its development in response to international trade and digital innovations. Subject areas include a primary focus on copyright and trademark with some coverage of patent law.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The history and development of privacy law, and the challenges of government regulation of information where institutions and individuals need and reveal information constantly but also seek basic dignity and safety from harm.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Application of principles of privacy law and technology to current legal and policy problems.

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