Describe the Communities & Networks degree in a few sentences?

The MCCN is a professional degree focused on communication strategy that emphasizes building community, growing networks, and crafting organizational identity. Students learn the collaborative skills necessary to manage change, recognize and navigate interpersonal dynamics, and design effective strategies for engaging diverse publics.


What are some sample courses that reflect content areas of the Communities & Networks degree?

  • Leadership Approaches to Diversity Initiatives in Organizations
  • Innovation Communities
  • Communicating Ideas: Strategies and Theories of Communities and Networks
  • Brand Matters
  • Content Marketing and Strategy for Communities


What careers do students pursue with their Communities & Networks degree?

  • Head of Community
  • Internal Communications Manager
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager
  • Comm & Events Manager


How do MCCN alumni and students describe their experience?

Headshot of smiling woman in red blouse, Britt HoffmannBritt Hoffmann
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Senior Manager

My MCCN journey:

Joining the Comm Lead program was the best decision I made in starting my career. I was young, ambitious, and ready for the challenges to come, but I didn’t have a solid direction. Through the classes that challenged me, teachers who believed in me, and a willingness to take risks, I found my way. For that, I’ll always be grateful for the Comm Lead program, the opportunities it afforded me, and the community I’ve built within it. 

What you should know about the Communities & Networks degree:

Be prepared to find yourself, question what you know, and make connections that will last well beyond this program. Each of those will prepare you for what comes next in your individual journeys.

Communications and Events Lead

How has the Communities & Networks degree impacted your career?:

“The MCCN degree was the best professional decision I’ve ever made. It helped me mature as a leader while expanding my community-building, storytelling, and influencing skills. After earning my degree, I understood how to translate my skills across industries which helped me pivot from the non-profit/higher education world into big tech..”

What should people know about the Communities & Networks degree:

“The MCCN degree is applicable for every industry (not just non-profits)! While seemingly intangible at times, the skills you learn in this degree are vital to helping any organization recruit, nurture, and retain stakeholders – whether they be donors, employees, customers, or partners.”

Communications Specialist
Greater Tacoma Community Foundations

My MCCN journey:

“Prior to enrolling in the Communication Leadership program, all my professional experience was in the education field. [After graduating] I was able to leverage my MCCN skills to land a job where I get to be involved in all kinds of community building work in my own hometown. I learned a lot from the way my colleagues and instructors modeled creativity, leadership, and friendship.”

One specific thing I got out of my Communities & Networks degree:

“The understanding that creativity is collective. I learned that there is tremendous value in collaboration and creating together with others, especially those who bring different voices and perspectives than your own.”

Still trying to decide which degree is right for you?

For a broader look at Comm Lead, check out the program overview page. Learn more about the Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) degree here. Take a look at the classes page to review past and upcoming courses in the two degrees.