Communications master’s students benefit from memberships in professional organizations and associations. Members of these associations find opportunities for exploring careers, undertaking ongoing education, and a network of industry professionals. Some host conferences, offer scholarships, career certifications, and advanced training across the disciplines. The following list provides links to these supportive organizations:
Social Media Association (SMA): In this era of ever-advancing communication options, the SMA helps its members to update their skills to take advantage of best practices in social media. Members participate in association events and have access to a contemporary blog of social media news.
American Communications Association (ACA): The ACA is a not-for-profit virtual professional association with actual presence in the world of Communication scholars and practitioners. ACA is committed to enabling the effective use of new and evolving technologies to facilitate Communication instruction, research and criticism, and to offering a technologically supportive venue for all who study the ways in which humans communicate. While the association is based in the U.S., it is a virtual organization that welcomes participation from academics and professionals throughout the world.
Society for Editing: Members of the society include editing professionals, educators, and post-secondary students. It establishes standards of editorial excellence and networking opportunities for editors employed in journalism, business and government.
National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA): The NSPRA works to assure that university degree programs provide students with the necessary career skills in the planning and execution of public relations initiatives.
Association for Women in Communications (AWC): All disinclines in communication are supported by this national network for women professionals who work in Communications is open to all disciplines. AWC provides scholarships and supports educational research.
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA): The world’s largest society of public relations professionals, the PRSA assists its members in professional development. More than 10,000 members are affiliated with universities.
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC): IABC membership is open to professionals who work in the business communication field. It offers its members access to educational resources, a business communications library certification and an online journal.
The American Marketing Association (AMA): The American Marketing Association offers members access to resources for developing best marketing practices along with cutting-edge initiatives. The group pairs academic members with professional marketers to provide continuing education in the professions.