Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Master's in Strategic Communication

Career Outlook

More than 90 percent of our alumni say that their income has improved significantly since completing their degree and that the program helped them become a better professional. Our two-year graduation rate is nearly 90 percent, which is one of the highest at the University of Minnesota.

Where our Students Work

  • 3M
  • Medtronic
  • Google
  • Ecolab
  • Mastercard
  • Weber Shandwick
  • Target
  • General Mills 
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • United Healthcare
  • Non-profit organizations, including state government and higher education 

Common Job Titles

  • Social Media Manager
  • Digital Strategist
  • Communications Director
  • Communications Specialist 
  • Consumer Insights Manager
  • Communications Research Analyst
  • Account Executive 
  • Content Strategist
  • Marketing Specialist 
  • Marketing Director 
  • Public Relations Specialist 
  • Advertising and Promotions Manager

Career Outlook/Salaries

  • 85% working in communications fields after graduating from HSJMC programs 
  • Salary range for communications fields (based on median range information in Minnesota): $55,000-$65,000 a year, (potentially higher in positions related to communications manager or director positions) 
  • Graduated alumni have reported salaries between $60,000-$100,000 per year post-enrollment in their current positions within the last 3 years

What our Alumni Say About the Program

  • Improves their professional performance
  • Increases their respect from others
  • Advances their career
  • Builds a network among working professionals
  • Stay connected with their graduate school cohort for years to come

Read more from our alumni 

Jill Giefer

"This program will unlock opportunities for you, and the support you receive from the cohort and your professors throughout the program will help tremendously.  It's a lot of work, but if you enjoy learning, the two years will go by in a flash and you'll be happy you took the leap when you start reaping the benefits of increased confidence, an expanded network and the ability to apply the education to your career." -- Jill Giefer, Sr. Director of Brand & Marketing Insights at Best Buy (MA Cohort 4)