2017-2018 Academic Year
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To be admitted into the Master of Public Relations degree students must have completed:

  1. A Bachelor of Public Relations (or 4-year equivalent degree in a related field) with a minimum of a B average (GPA 3.0) in the final two years of study.
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  2. An undergraduate degree in any field with a minimum of a B average (GPA 3.0) in the final two years of study and a minimum of three years of Public Relations-related work experience (résumé and portfolio required).  Candidates who provide documentation of professional accreditation from the Canadian Public Relations society or the International Association of Business Communicators (or equivalent) will not be required to provide a portfolio.

 To be admitted into the Master of Arts in Communication degree students must have completed:

  1. A 4-year Bachelors degree in a communication-related field (e.g. public relations, communication studies, journalism, marketing communication) with a minimum of a B average (GPA 3.0) in the final two years of study.

All applicants must have completed a minimum of a 0.5 unit of statistics at the undergraduate level.  Applicants must also submit an 800-word narrative essay describing their profile, research interests and aspirations for a career in the field of Public Relations and both professional and academic references.

Applicants must complete the Graduate Studies Application Package by February 15 for fall admission.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Communication will be based on the availability of the Department of Communication Studies faculty to supervise in a student’s proposed area of research.  At present faculty areas of professional and academic interest include: Public Relations ethics; healthcare communication; Public Relations management and strategy; media relations; crisis communication; mass media theory; public opinion; gender issues in Public Relations; rhetorical and persuasion theory; small group and community theory; and audience reception theory.

All students will be assigned an academic advisor upon admission who will be responsible for overseeing the student’s program of study.


Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the current 2017-2018 academic year which runs from September 01, 2017 to August 31, 2018.  

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