M.A. On Campus

Political Communication

American University Washington DC

24 months
32616 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Political Communication from American University Washington DC fits you whether you want to be a communications director on a presidential campaign, a media consultant devising national grassroots outreach, or a leading public affairs strategist guiding your client through a crisis.


Political Communication from American University Washington DC combines expertise and scholarship from the School of Communication and the School of Public Affairs to lay down a thorough grounding in political science, strategic communication, research, and media. The interdisciplinary degree prepares you to navigate the changing landscape of politics and communication—our students gain the knowledge, skills, and ethical grounding to be successful as political leaders, policy-makers, communication professionals, and campaign executives. 

Students at Political Communication from American University Washington DC will build:

  • a strong background in research skills, 
  • a broad knowledge of political issues, 
  • a deep understanding of how the political process and media work, 
  • the expertise necessary to create, shape, and manage political communication

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Affairs
  • Communication
  • Political Communication
  • Politics and the Media 
  • Opinion Writing 
  • Ethics in Strategic Communication 
  • Social Marketing for Social Impact 
  • Media Relations 
  • Speechwriting
  • Grassroots Digital Advocacy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

SOC operates on a rolling admissions basis for Masters programs.


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institution
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio (optional)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32616 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32616 USD per year during 24 months.

Tuition for National students: $1,812 Per credit hour

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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