Executive Education in Communication and Media

Welcome to Northwestern Qatar’s Executive Education Program

A Trusted Partner for Excellence in Professional Communication

The Executive Education Program at Northwestern Qatar provides expert training for professionals seeking to develop competence in communication skills, practices, and strategies. Our courses are rooted in Northwestern Qatar’s reputation for excellence in media and communication research and education.  

Types of Courses

The Executive Education Program offers two types of professional training: Open Enrollment Courses and Tailored Courses. 

Open Enrollment Courses

  • Are offered to individuals (on their own or from organizations). 
  • Are suitable for employers and managers working in private and public sectors alike.
  •  Enroll up to 20 participants to ensure a high degree of interaction and personalization.
  • Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis. Organizations will often choose to enroll multiple participants to harness the capacity for team building and to create a cadre of internal change agents. 
  • Organizations wanting to reserve seats for an open enrollment course are invited to contact the program director (contact information provided below). They will register using the routine process but can ensure participation. Note that in some cases there could be a limit on the number of seats that can be reserved.

Tailored courses

  • Are designed in consultation with a client organization. 
  •  Are open only to professionals within the client organization.
  • The client organization decides which employees and managers to enroll.
  • A contract is required to schedule a tailored course.  

Open Enrollment and Tailored classes are provided in the form of Masterclasses

  • Foundational Masterclasses cultivate essential understandings and skills at an introductory to intermediate level of accomplishment.
  •  Advanced Masterclasses presume a higher degree of pre-existing expertise and are more typical for Tailored courses. 

Open Enrollment and Tailored Courses typically require 2 or 3 days in total, organized into three-hour sessions (two sessions per day maximum,) often with a period between days when participants work on practical projects that are then reviewed, critiqued, and discussed.

Who Should Register?

Northwestern Qatar Executive Education courses typically support early to mid-career professionals with work responsibilities that require competence in media management and strategic communications. Professionals working in marketing, internal communications, external communications, public relations, and social and digital media, will find the courses especially helpful. Advanced Masterclasses and Tailored courses are especially suitable for senior managers and management teams.

Modality of Instruction 

Courses meet in-person in the Executive Education Suite at Northwestern Qatar. Most instruction is face-to-face.


Northwestern University Qatar is internationally recognized as a leading educational institution in media and communication. Our faculty and staff are experts in their respective fields. To the greatest extent possible, the Executive Education Program involves this expert community as Masterclass instructors.  

Course Fees

For 2023, Foundational Masterclasses are priced at 7,000 – 9,000 QAR per participant. Advanced Masterclasses are priced according to the resource requirements to achieve the agreed objectives for the training.

  • 100% refund or postponement if cancelled/notified 28 days prior to course commencement.
  • 75% refund or postponement if cancelled/notified 14 days prior to course commencement.
  • 50% refund if cancelled 7 days prior to course commencement.
  • 25% refund if cancelled 48 hours prior to course commencement.
  • 0% refund if cancelled less than 48 prior to course commencement or no show.

Participants who cancel enrolment can choose to transfer the paid fee to a future masterclass rather than receive a refund. Should the course fees differ, participants will receive a refund on the difference or make an additional ‘top-up’ payment.

A 15% discount is offered for Qatar Foundation and university employees in Education City, as well as NUQ alumni. 



Upon successful completion of each Masterclass, the participant will receive a Certification of Completion from the Executive Education Program at Northwestern Qatar. This is not a professional association certification (e.g., such as a license or legal certificate). Executive Education courses do not provide academic credit towards earning a degree. 


For more information, contact:

Gregory Ferrell Lowe

Director of the Executive Education Program