Master of Arts in Communication with Public Relations & Advertising Concentration

Master the latest developments in communication while focusing on public relations and advertising. Suffolk University's Master of Arts in Communication (MAC) program lets you do both in Boston. And thanks to our perfect location, you can easily apply your graduate studies at career-shaping internships and full-time roles close to campus.


At Suffolk, you can take courses on strategic marketing, public relations, intercultural communication, global branding, gender communication, advertising, campaign management, and much more.

You'll learn to combine technology and theory to create effective messaging strategies for targeted audiences. To prepare you for real-world success, our state-of-the-art communication facilities feature a cutting-edge social media lab, media production and post-production facilities, and 'smart' classrooms designed to foster the innovation and collaboration prized by today’s employers.

You’ll graduate with real-world experience and develop valuable connections to leading advertising and PR firms in Boston, across the country, and around the world.

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Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

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Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer merit-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $14,750 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

MAC Program Overview

Full-time students often complete this degree program in three academic semesters. Please contact the Graduate Program Director for additional information about program timelines.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: June 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
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Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Learn more)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)

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Courses & Requirements

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"I enjoyed my time at Suffolk and learning from the professors in the MAC program. The faculty speak to the industry and their experience, which is helpful when navigating where you want to take your career. I enjoyed applying my skills from class and my work experience throughout the program, and I was able to grow in my career during my time at Suffolk."

Sarah Goldstein, MAC ’20 Associate Director of Marketing, DivcoWest, Cambridge, MA

"Connecting with MAC faculty who have networks all over the world is really helpful. They want their students to succeed, which is so empowering. It makes me excited to go to class when I know my professor is genuinely engaged in my life and my success. Suffolk was really the perfect fit and I am so happy I chose the program."

Donna Montgomery, MAC ’21

"Through the MAC program, I have broadened my understanding of emerging media thanks to a wide variety of courses in advertising, public relations, and social media. Before coming to Suffolk, I worked as a TV broadcaster and news anchor in South Korea. By studying abroad for my masters degree, I’ve obtained insights on current media trends and the importance of integrated marketing."

Soohyun “Ellie” Park, MAC ADPR ‘21