The MA in Professional Communication program consists of two years of study with an annual on-campus residency at the beginning of each year. Faculty who have expert, real-world experience provide a solid foundation of advanced professional and technical skills that underpin effective leadership in an increasingly communication-driven world.
The MA in Professional Communication program provides a broad understanding of communication as a human activity. You will thrive in environments that require effective teamwork, written and verbal communications, adaptability, strategic planning, intercultural mediation, and a sophisticated understanding of interpersonal discourse. Additionally, you will compete in an exciting Live Case Challenge, presenting a communications plan and thoughtful analysis to organizational representatives.
The MA in Professional Communication program consists of two years of study with a three-week on-campus residency at the beginning of the first year and a two-week on-campus residency during the second year. Faculty who have expert, real-world experience provide a solid foundation of advanced professional and technical skills that underpin effective leadership in an increasingly communication-driven world.
The MA in Professional Communication program provides you a broad understanding of communication as a human activity. You will thrive in environments that require effective teamwork, adaptability, strategic planning, intercultural mediation, digital technologies, and a sophisticated understanding of interpersonal discourse. Additionally, you will compete in an exciting Live Case Challenge, presenting a communications plan and thoughtful analysis to organizational representatives
You may pursue a thesis option, a research paper option that is smaller in scope but allows for extra coursework, or a fully course-based option to complete your program.
Who it’s for
Working professionals who want to excel in the integration of strategic written and verbal communications in an environment that requires teamwork, adaptability, intercultural mediation, and a sophisticated understanding of interpersonal discourse. Through our Flexible Admission process, significant professional experience in lieu of academic requirements may also be considered. Please visit our Admission Requirements page for more information.
Graduates of the MA in Professional Communication are professionals with a broad understanding of communication as a human activity. They are leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the workplace. They are able to function in environments that require effective teamwork, adaptability, strategic planning, intercultural mediation, and a sophisticated understanding of interpersonal discourse. Finally, they excel in communication that requires the integration of superior written and spoken skills with digital technologies.
Graduates of the program will be familiar with government, social, and business organizations and will have an understanding of how information exchange is fundamental to their operation.
Graduates will have:
Knowledge of both the fundamental and advanced concepts related to human communication and interaction and an ability to communicate successfully (written and oral discourse).
The ability to use computer-mediated technology to manage the processes required for information retrieval and dispersal.
Knowledge of the mass media and the information society, including information technology, telecommunications, public policy, publishing, and the cultural industries.
Knowledge of government, social, and business organizations and an understanding of how information exchange is fundamental to the operation of these.
An understanding of the management of communication industries and of internal and external corporate communications (public relations, advertising, marketing).
An understanding of culture, international and intercultural communication, negotiation and conflict management. An ability to communicate effectively in diverse and difficult circumstances.
Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a relevant field, from a recognized post-secondary institution.
Evidence of having sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to complete a demanding academic course of study at a master's level
Normally, at least two years of work or volunteer experience, preferably in a leadership capacity.
Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:
Applicants without an undergraduate degree, but more than three years (90 credits) of relevant post-secondary education, should have at least three years of relevant work experience, preferably in a leadership capacity.
Applicants with 2-3 years (60-90 credits) of relevant post-secondary education should have at least five years of relevant work experience in a leadership capacity.
Applicants with less than two years of relevant post-secondary education should have at least ten years of high-level, professional communication experience in a leadership capacity.
English Language Proficiency
If English is not your primary language, please review our English Language Requirements.
Academic writing skills are required for success in this program and an English composition course, at a recognized post-secondary institution, focused on academic writing is therefore recommended. The Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course offered through Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University meets this recommendation.
If your application is assessed under Flexible Admission, you may be asked to submit a digital portfolio (disk or flash drive) of your previous work, learning and accomplishments (e.g. written work, project management, consulting work, etc.) in the field of communication.
Most professionals require insight and capacity in the area of professional communication concepts and strategies. It is important for leaders of any kind to understand the channels, processes, and principles of communication in order to build culture, engage stakeholders, facilitate change, lead innovation, and strategize effectively. The MA in Professional Communication not only equips you to be a communications specialist in your workplace, it augments existing leadership, finance, or managerial capacities with the specific communication tools to enact your goals and implement your strategies.
The potential fields of practice for graduates are varied, and include:
Communications officers for government and non-government institutions;
Communications directors for corporations and marketing organizations;
Professional writers of newsletters, trade publications, journals, instructional manuals, political speeches;
Organizational development and training consultants;
Human resources training and development specialists;
Editors, freelance or for in-house publications or correspondence;
Publishers of print or online journals, magazines;
Teachers of communication skills courses at community colleges;
Media consultants, correspondents, or journalists;
Public relations officers;
Marketing managers and advertisers;
Administrative assistants for information-based production credits,
Development communication consultants to foreign assistance funded projects.
ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity
PCOM510: Introduction to Communication Theory
PCOM515: Research Process and Methods in Communication
PCOM530: Strategic Digital Communication
PCOM540: Communication, Culture, Media and Technology
PCOM550: Communication and Culture in Organizations
PCOM630: Applied Communications Research and Research Proposal
PCOM631: Media Production
PCOM632: Conflict Analysis and Management
PCOM633: Strategic Communication
PCOM635: Communication for Development and Social Change
PCOM639: Communication for Sustainability
PCOM640: Communication Policy, Politics and Law
PCOM645: Organizational Design, Communication and Knowledge Management
PCOM650: Special Topics in Communication
PCOM655: Organizational Cultural Development
PCOM660: Research Paper
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