Graduate Programs

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The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) offers graduate programs in Media and Strategic Communication, Global Communication and Documentary Filmmaking from a convenient location in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Our programs combine the theoretical and practical skills needed to advance your career with classes taught by expert faculty and accomplished industry professionals.

Degree programs offer flexible curriculums and evening classes that are easily accessible by Metro or a short walk from downtown. SMPA makes it easy to get a world-class education and advance your career while working full-time or in prestigious internships and fellowships.


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M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication

Prepare to achieve advocacy goals with a mix of core courses in communication skills and theory taught by leading professionals and faculty. Students develop and execute communications campaigns, messaging strategies and data analysis preparing to advance careers in government and non-profit communications, public relations and media research.

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Graduate Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking

A six-month program, the institute offers concentrated training and education in production and student projects are regularly accepted to screen at international film festivals. The D.C. location gives access to the best documentary production companies and some of the largest historical collections in the world including National Geographic and the National Archives.

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M.A. in Global Communication

Offered jointly with the Elliott School of International Affairs, the core curriculum focuses on communication, international politics, international economics and research methods. Students are prepared to navigate the global information environment and advance careers in advocacy, public diplomacy and international consulting.

Student Work

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From Silicon Valley to the Silicon Savannah

Mike Hower, MA ’16, traveled with Professor Steven Livingston to Nairobi, Kenya to visit Primoz Kovacic, MA '14, who runs a social enterprise called Spatial Collective. The organization is developing an app that allows communities to use GPS to identify problems and crowdsource solutions.

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SMPA Student Named as Finn Partners-Widmeyer Communications Scholar

Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company, partnered with SMPA's Media and Strategic Communications program to select a Widmeyer-Finn Partners Communications Scholar pursuing a career in public affairs. Scholars receive a tuition stipend and paid internship with Widmeyer Communications.