Institute for Professional Studies: Strategic Communications

B.A. in Strategic Communication

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communication from Avila offers a blend of human and professional communication theory and skills. You’ll be exposed to a future-proofing blend of both psychology and business. A “top strategic communications program,” you’ll learn to not only communicate appropriately and effectively in interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and mediated settings, but your classes will introduce you to a network of communication professionals.

Your coursework will cover the theory and practice of communication needed by organizational leadership. Your classes will combine academic work, case studies, and hands-on experience to create messages across media platforms: traditional, digital, internet, social, and emerging media.

Set your own pace — each session runs 8-weeks in a hybrid format of online and on-campus classes. Scheduled throughout the year you can start at any time and to progress according to your personal schedule.

Quickly move through the courses on your own terms and finish your degree at the speed of life.

Careers in Strategic Communication

Strategic Communication graduates will have the knowledge and ability to create, execute, and evaluate communication strategies, making you a desirable candidate for businesses, corporations, government, and nonprofit organizations. Positions titles include:

  • Advertising and/or Promotions Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Communications Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist or Manager
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Media Relations or Communications Worker
  • Marketing or Public Relations Associate


From the list above, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides data for the position of Public Relations Specialist. Defined as someone who creates and maintains a favorable public image for the organization they represent, the PR Specialist crafts media releases and develops social media programs to shape public perception and increase awareness. These job functions parallel many of the duties required in strategic communications.

The BLS reported in May 2017 that the median salary for PR Specialists was $59,300 with a Bachelor’s degree. The job outlook through 2026 is 9% growth/employment change or 22,900 jobs.

Employment site Glassdoor reported in January 2018, that the median salary for strategic communications at $52,836 based on the submission of 3,317 salaries in the United States.

Employment site, Indeed, states that the average salary for “strategic communications” ranges from approximately $43,194 per year for Communications Officer to $129,057 per year for Vice President. This salary information comes from 224,663 data points collected directly from employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.

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4+1 Strategic Communication M.A. Degree Option

Earn your Bachelor’s degree and Master’s together

Interested in earning your Master’s faster? The Avila School of Visual & Communication Arts offers an early admission option to outstanding communication students. This option allows you to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years. Students are eligible to apply in their junior year. Once accepted, you can begin taking graduate-level courses in the senior year of your undergraduate degree and complete your Master of Arts in Strategic Communication in one additional year.

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