Strategic Communications Management (Double Masters with Shanghai Jiao Tong University) - A6031

Strategic Communications Management (Double Masters with Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Master degree

This international double master's program enables you to complete the requirements of the Monash Master of Strategic Communications Management as well as a second degree with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), with one year in Australia and one in China. Drawing on best practices locally and globally, this double master’s will lead you become an expert in audience research and analytics, advocacy and persuasion, public relations and crisis communications. You’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to build effective and ethical stakeholder engagement strategies, as well as the expertise to communicate with diverse audiences in an increasingly global environment. You’ll examine the impact of persuasive story-telling and influencer strategies, and will consider the effectiveness of integrated media campaigns using both traditional and digital approaches

Through core units, you’ll build a deep understanding of big data and how it is used, such as evaluating audience sentiment. Taught by a combination of leading academics and practitioners in the field, this program has a strong applied focus, aligning closely with innovation taking place in the industry. Designed to put your learned technical skills into practice, this double master’s program will help you generate a compelling professional portfolio. Studying internationally and building your cross-cultural competency will further enhance your opportunities for employment domestically and internationally. You’ll be equipped to effectively plan and communicate across cultures, be responsive to a digitally integrated world, and work in areas across government, corporate, not-for-profit and community sectors. Our graduates are prepared with the skills to succeed in a world of digitalisation and globalisation and are ready for leadership roles such as:

  • Strategic communication advisor
  • Public relations director
  • Marketing communications manager
  • Communications manager
  • Communication strategist
  • Lobbyist
  • Advertising strategist
  • Political marketing specialist
  • Market research analyst
  • Media management
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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time

Offshore international students can start this course by enrolling in on-campus mode and studying remotely while waiting to travel to Australia

  • 2 years (full time)
Start date
Second Semester (July)
Master of Strategic Communications Management
Course Handbook

Professional Enhancement Program

PEP is tailor-made to equip you with career planning support and professional skills development. Integral to our Graduate Coursework programs, ranked Top 1% in the world, and taught by academic and industry experts.

Flexible study

On-campus and selected flexible online options available. Complete in as short as one year, or study part-time (domestic only). Choose from early evening classes and intensive several week block units – we have multiple options to suit you.

Study a Master of Strategic Communications Management

Discover how studying a Master of Strategic Communications Management can give you the experiences, resources and skills you need to launch into your dream career.

Study one year at Monash in Australia and one year at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, graduating with Master’s degrees from both universities in just two years.

"This degree has a unique focus on effective communication with strategic goals. You'll develop the skills to use communication as effectively and impactfully as possible in today's complex, global, digital world."
- Dr Mugdha Rai, Director of the Master of Strategic Communications Management

"The course keeps up with industry changes, which makes every day so interesting. I now understand traditional communications strategy, but also how to tackle emerging barriers in digital communications."
- Shrishti Dokwal, current student

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree with a major in humanities and social sciences with at least credit (60%) average.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate* discipline with at least a 50% average in both qualifications.

*Cognate disciplines include: humanities and social sciences

For Chinese Nationals:

Please note that Shanghai Jiao Tong University requires Chinese nationals to sit and pass the National Master Unified Entrance Examination for master students (written exam and an interview with Shanghai Jiao Tong University) before applying to Monash for admission to this course.

English requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in two parts. Part A: Core master's study and Part B: Broadening expertise.

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Making the application

Future students

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6031


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.