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Graduate Programs

The information, digital and cultural industries are growing by leaps and bounds. Within the past decade or so, the demand for communication and visual/performing arts degrees has increased by more than 50 percent. By 2020, public relations jobs will rise by about 22 percent, and more than 350,000 new communication jobs will open by 2022.

In response to these exciting trends, Seton Hall University's College of Communication and the Arts was created to enable innovative, genuine and professional interaction in academic, social, artistic and technological settings. Its diverse and flexible programs, anchored in the humanities and featuring cutting-edge technology and innovative curricula, provide opportunities for meaningful collaboration across disciplines. And its ideal location - only minutes from New York City - affords students a wealth of internship and networking possibilities right at their fingertips.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Museum Professions

    The M.A. Program in Museum Professions prepares students for professional careers in museums and other cultural institutions through challenging coursework and concrete experience, melding the theoretical with the practical. Its curriculum is informed by the curriculum guidelines of the American Association of Museums and the International Council of Museums and aims at developing skills — in such areas as professional museum work, research, technology, leadership, creative problem solving, and advocacy — as well as values, including ethical and professional behavior, respect for cultural diversity, and appreciation of the value of museum traditions.

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  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Communication

    The M.A. in Communication is an on-campus program designed to sharpen students’ communication competencies and knowledge base in a dynamic and highly interactive environment reflecting real-world scenarios. The 36-credit campus-based program offers students opportunities to pursue advanced content courses in areas such as Digital Communication and Communication Technologies, Communication in Organizations, and Public Relations.

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Dual Degrees

The College of Communication and the Arts is proud to offer the following five-year programs, known as "3+2" degrees, where students graduate with B.A. and M.A. degrees. We also partner with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, to offer a dual-degree program that allows graduate students the opportunity to earn two M.A. degrees simultaneously.

  • B.A./M.A., Museum Professions

    The combined B.A./M.A. in Museum Professions program allows students to take 12 graduate credits during their junior and senior years in preparation for a fifth year of graduate study.

  • B.A./M.A., Communication

    Qualified students have the opportunity to expand their B.A. degree in Communication by pursuing a M.A. in Communication by taking graduate-level coursework during their junior, senior and an additional fifth year.

  • M.A., Communication/M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations

    Thrive in the complex world of global corporate relations with this joint degree program from the College of Communication and the Arts and the School of Diplomacy.

Professional Certificates

The graduate-level Professional Certificates allow students to pursue specialized graduate education in pertinent communication areas of interest. Students study communication skills that complement and enhance their professional capabilities and expand their knowledge and experiences.  Four certificates are currently offered, and upon successful completion and admission to a degree program, the 12 credits earned can be applied toward a future graduate-level program.

  • Strategic Communication and Leadership

    Strategic communication has become a critical leadership across a range of industries and organizations. Leaders today are expected to be effective communicators in three main modalities: face-to-face, groups and online. This certificate blends theory and practical approaches to enhance students' skills and help them succeed in an ever-changing landscape.

  • Intercultural Communication

    Leaders today are expected to be effective multiculturalists given demographic and globalization trends. This certificate empowers students to work with confidence across cultures by expanding skillsets, strategies and capabilities through discussion of both theoretical concepts and applied techniques.

  • Organizational Communication

    Organizational expectations in today's world are evolving. This certificate seeks to enhance student knowledge and skills to become effective communicators in organizational settings such as meetings, presentations and crisis scenarios. Communication situations within organizations are reviewed to identify common techniques, strategies, and processes of information and influence. An emphasis is placed on problem solving and successful communication strategies.

  • Public Relations

    Skilled public relations professions are in great demand within organizations, especially given the visibility and scrutiny that organizations and leaders must navigate in this fast-paced environment. This certificate offers students the opportunity to study advanced concepts, theories and methods related to the public relations field.

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