Advising FAQs


For more general academic advising FAQs (about GenEd and Core) click here.

What can I do with a Strategic and Organizational Communication (STRC) degree?

The Organizational Leadership concentration focuses on developing vital leadership skills. This concentration prepares students for careers in:

  • Administration
  • Communication consulting
  • Politics, Management
  • Human resources
  • Business and public policy
  • Training and development

The Rhetoric and Public Advocacy concentration focuses on communication in the public arena. This concentration prepares students for careers in:

  • Law and judiciary
  • Politics
  • Government communication
  • Marketing
  • Organizational advocacy and leadership
  • Grassroots activism and social movement leadership
  • Corporate and non-profit lobbying
  • Media management and news casting

The Public Relations concentration focuses on how organizations establish productive relationships with different audiences, including employees, media, customers, and the community. This concentration prepares students for careers in corporations, agencies, and not-for profits, to work in:

  • Public relations management
  • Health communication, political advocacy
  • Travel and tourism, philanthropy and the arts
  • Crisis communication
  • Employee communication
  • Community relations
  • Corporate sponsorship programming
  • Media relations, publicity

For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Program’s Concentrations page.

I just had a terrible semester, and got bad grades in all of my courses. Is there anything I can do to turn my academic career around?

Of course. Even very good students can have a bad semester. The best plan of action is to immediately repeat the courses in which you did not do well. Temple’s policy is to allow the higher grade to replace the lower grade in your Grade Point Average (GPA) if you repeat a course. Note that the lower grade is not removed the day grades are posted, but a second program is run one to two weeks after posting and that removes the lower grade from your GPA.

While both grades will still appear on your transcript, your major concern should be your Grade Point Average, since it is your GPA that establishes your academic standing. Also, you will eventually want to be able to put your GPA on your resume, and your GPA will also be a major factor in gaining acceptance into graduate programs.

Remember only the lowest grade of a repeated course will be removed. If you repeat a course more than once, all remaining grades will be a permanent part of your GPA and you must remember to subtract out any credits the lower grades generate as you can only get credit for most courses once.

Tomorrow is the first day I am eligible to register for next semester. When I went to make an appointment to meet with an academic adviser, however, I was told that there were no appointments available until next week. I’m afraid that if I don’t register as soon as I am eligible, I’ll lose out on courses I either really want, or need. What should I do?

If you are not eligible for OWLNet registration, you will have to wait to see an adviser before you can register because you need an appointment for semester advising. However, if you are eligible to register online, you should not wait to see an adviser before registering. Using your DARS & checksheet as a guide, register for what you know or think is appropriate, even if it only gives you a partial roster. Later, after you have met with an academic adviser, you can change your roster if you find out it is necessary. In the meantime, chances are that you will have the courses you really want or need.

I am planning to transfer to Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. What do I do first?

Just go to Temple’s Admissions Office website at Everything you need to know about applying to Temple is there. You can also book a tour to the campus, check out majors, read student blogs and more.


I work full time. Will I be able to find MS courses that meet my schedule?

Since the M.S. is a professional degree, the majority of our students are working either full time or part time. With our students’ schedules in mind, we time all our courses to meet in the evening, mostly at Temple University Center City campus. Therefore, unless your work schedule necessitates frequent out-of-town travel or night work, you should have no problem taking M.S. courses. Also, we offer an increasing number of online or hybrid courses (online and face-to-face meetings combined). These alternatives are particularly useful for students whose careers take them out of the Philadelphia area after they’ve started the M.S. program.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Full-time students should be able to complete this program in two years. The time limit on the completion of all requirements is five years from matriculation in the program.

I have not worked in communication before, although I have done work that involved communication. Is this program right for me?

There are certainly no set rules regarding required background to enter the M.S. program. All students are urged to communicate with the M.S. Director regarding their particular career goals and experience, regardless of their prior experience. Applicants without mid-level communication experience will be considered, but prior grounding in communication practices is preferred. English proficiency (spoken and written with excellent grammar and mechanics) is expected. Main campus support is available for tutoring and workshops.