Master of Communication (with specialisations)


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Program Description

Establish yourself as a dynamic professional communicator with Charles Sturt's Master of Communication (with specialisations). Develop your knowledge of contemporary communication practice and theory, including multi-platform communication and digital media, or build your skills in modern journalism or public relations.

This flexible postgraduate degree is for those currently in a professional communication role, and those looking to change careers. It offers foundational studies in communication and creative industries, with specialisations designed for the modern workplace. Combine the foundational subjects with studies in science, information technology, business or another field to create a degree that suits your career and interests.


Course highlights

Our Master of Communication (with specialisations) positions you as a leader in the rapidly evolving landscape of communication practice. This course is ideal if you're working in or aspiring to work in journalism and media, organisational communication, advertising, public relations or corporate communication.

  • Design your degree:
    Choose a pre-designed specialisation or your own elective series, to tailor your degree towards a career goal or explore an area that fascinates you.
  • Industry relevance:
    With a strong practical focus, this degree includes assessments that enable you to undertake projects of significance to your workplace or industry. In your final subject, you'll produce a research dissertation or major industry project geared towards your career interests.
  • Online convenience:
    This degree is delivered online, allowing you to fit study around your work, family and lifestyle commitments. The classroom comes to you through a range of online study materials, forums and communication tools.
  • Professionals teaching you:
    This degree is delivered by academics with a broad range of industry experience. They will share their knowledge to help you make the most of the opportunities in today's – and tomorrow's – workplace.

Career opportunities

Whether you currently work as a professional communicator or you aspire to do so, completion of the Master of Communication will ensure you stand out in a competitive job market. If you are already working in a professional communication context, this qualification will boost your prospects of entering leadership and management roles. This degree also provides a foundation for the pursuit of further research, such as a PhD, if you complete an academic dissertation.

“The foundation of my international career has been a lifetime of studying and teaching Communication at CSU."
Zoe Hibbert - Master of Communication


For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Master of Communication (with or without specialisations) must meet the following Admission Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree or above (or AQF equivalent) in Communication or related discipline with a GPA of 5 (credit average) or above


  • Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate or above (or AQF equivalent) in Communication or related discipline

Note: Students entering the Master of Communication with an Honours degree, Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma in Communication (or equivalent) will receive 32 points of credit for recognition of prior learning and will only need to complete 64 credit points.

English Language Proficiency

An Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual score below 6 or a qualification deemed by CSU to be equivalent.

Additional Course Requirements

Applicants without tertiary qualifications or with an insufficient GPA must successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Communication prior to admission to the Master of Communication.


When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Aug 2020

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