Drawing from a long history and extensive research on the practice of development communication, this program is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century in areas such as food security, human rights, gender equality, peace and conflict, public health, and sustainability. Our master’s degree program focuses on teaching students how to use digital and traditional communications to promote social change with an emphasis on communication for development, participatory research methods and strategic communication.

There is a pressing need for development communication experts—specialists in communicating within local communities and governments, and nongovernmental and civil society organizations. Many specific skills are required, but the key and common goal is practically oriented social and behavioral change. Development communication specialists can help build consensus, raise public understanding and generate change by effectively using the range of communication alternatives available, whether through facilitating dialogue or producing media campaigns.

Temple University’s Master of Science in Communication for Development and Social Change is one of only two such master’s programs in the U.S. As a full-time student in Communication for Development and Social Change, you’ll have the opportunity to complete your studies within one year, get hands-on experience through fieldwork and put advanced communication knowledge into practice.

As a student, our renowned faculty will help you gain access to a diverse community of companies, organizations and professionals to get you started in a career in the industry or on the path to an advanced degree.

Typical Careers

Whether you’re a mid-career practitioner who wants to enhance your professional experience, a college graduate who wants to move into the field of development communication, or a returning veteran or Peace Corps volunteer, the Communication for Development and Social Change program prepares you for success in a number of different fields. Both governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations urgently need qualified and well-prepared development communication practitioners, yet only a few places provide the education and training required to be an effective communicator in development settings. Temple University is one of them.

Visit Klein College’s Career Center to explore specialized, career-related services and programming available exclusively to you as a Temple student.

Target Employers

Explore governmental (the Danish International Development Agency, Global Affairs Canada, the International Development Research Centre, UNESCO, USAID, World Bank) and nongovernmental institutions (Development Alternatives, the International Institute for Environment and Development, Save the Children) by visiting Klein Connect, our exclusive internship and job portal.