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MBA for Communications Majors

With a Communications Degree, students take courses in, but not limited to, media (traditional and digital) communication, public relations, interpersonal communication, advertising, journalism, and media law and ethics. Earning this degree prepares graduates for jobs in public relations, mass media, entertainment, higher education, and various other fields.

Pursuing a Masters in Business Administration in addition to a Communications Degree allows students to combine business acumen with advanced communication knowledge.

MBA programs typically cover management, finance, marketing, operations, and strategic planning, all of which complement the skills learned via a Communication degree. This combination of students prepares students for lucrative leadership positions in corporate communications, marketing management, public relations, and media management.

Reasons for Communications Majors to Get an MBA

A Communications MBA makes it easier to navigate a challenging job market. You can have more opportunities and less competition for leadership and executive roles. You can also better navigate corporate environments and contribute to organizational success.

An MBA provides a deeper insight into the economic and managerial aspects of running a business and helps you develop a well-rounded perspective on managing teams and projects. Your professional network will also be expansive as an MBA connects you with peers, mentors, and industry leaders, offering not only guidance and opportunities.

Where Do Communications MBA Students Work?

As a Communications MBA, you can find work in diverse industries. Your expertise in business administration and communication is highly desired in corporate communication departments worldwide.

You'll also thrive in marketing and advertising firms, human resources, training, and organizational development. You can also find work in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and even international institutions.

Communication directors, public information officers, and policy advisors are some of the available roles. Graduates are also entrepreneurs—you can launch a business specializing in strategic communication, media relations, and brand consultancy.

Jobs for Communications Majors with an MBA

  • Human Resources Director: An HR director oversees recruitment, employee relations, training and development, and internal communications to ensure employees remain and aligned with an organization’s values.
  • Public Relations Manager: A PR manager creates and implements strategies for enhancing an organization’s public image by managing its media relations and overseeing its communication campaigns.
  • Digital Marketing Manager: An individual in this role creates and carries out online marketing campaigns, analyzes digital metrics, and uses social media, email, and other marketing tools to increase an organization's brand visibility and engagement.
  • Corporate Communications Manager: A corporate communications manager oversees all a company's internal and external communications to ensure consistent and clear messaging.
  • Media Planner: Media planners analyze responses from media entities and audiences to create effective advertising strategies and select the best platforms and times to reach a target demographic.

Job Outlook for Communications Majors with an MBA

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects average growth in these occupations through 2032. However roles that require graduate degrees, particularly an MBA, will experience faster-than-average job growth. According to Zip Recruiter, communications jobs for those holding an MBA or Master’s can make well into the six figures.

Full-Time MBA

Full-time MBAs are one- or two-year programs. Students attend class full-time and typically do not hold a job during this time.

Professional MBA

A professional (or part-time) MBA allows students to work while attending school. Students are either "lockstep," in which they enroll in set classes with other students, or "self-paced," in which they complete their studies on a more flexible schedule.

Executive MBA

An executive MBA (EMBA) is also a part-time degree program geared toward students with 10 to 15 years of experience in the working world. It is designed to help students focus on building a business career at the executive level.