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M.S. in Strategic Communications &nash; Technology Law & Policy Concentration
Master of Science in Strategic Communications with a Concentration in Technology Law and Policy

Program Overview


The Master of Science in Strategic Communications with a Concentration 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. 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.

icon $9,510 Total Tuition
icon As few as 10 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $9,510 Total Tuition
icon As few as 10 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours

In this program, you will gain an in-depth understanding of quantitative research, media management, and interactive digital strategy such as integrating social media initiatives into overall marketing plans. You will also connect theory to practice with a capstone project in which you devise solutions and strategies for a real-world communication issue.

Our experienced faculty delivers instruction formulated to sharpen your aptitude for persuading and shaping human interactions, using various methods to deliver key messages to diverse target audiences and incite action. Upon completion of this program, you will graduate Hootsuite™-certified.

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

  • 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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Students in the M.S. in Strategic Communications online program graduate with Hootsuite certification

Tuition


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

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Total Tuition $9,510
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00

Calendar


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

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
Spring 2020 7wk 1/13/2020 2/28/2020 12/30/2019 1/3/2020 1/9/2020 1/10/2020 2/18/2020
7wk 3/9/2020 5/1/2020 2/24/2020 2/28/2020 3/5/2020 3/6/2020 4/15/2020
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Admissions


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 Concentration must submit a sample of writing, which could be a recent term paper or research paper. Review the full admission requirements below.

  • 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.

Additional Information

Submit all documents to:

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

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


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

Students pursuing the Master of Engineering in Management degree must complete 30 credit hours.

Students must select one of the following courses.

COMS 6033: Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law

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.

MDIA 6423: Media Entrepreneurship

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.

Students must take the following five courses.

CMAC 6053: Quantitative Research Methods in Mass Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the tools and techniques of empirical research as they may be applied to mass communications

COMS 6253: Audience Market Analysis

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.

COMS 6263: Media Account Management

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.

COMS 6303: Seminar in Strategic Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

COMS 6533: Strategic Communication Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The Strategic Communication capstone course is an opportunity for students to synthesize and apply knowledge 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.

COMS 5013: EU and U.S. Data Protection Law

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.

COMS 6313: Information Technology Law

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of principles of privacy law and technology to current legal and policy problems.

COMS 5213: International Intellectual Property Law

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.

COMS 5413: Privacy Law

Duration: 7 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.

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