As a student in one of our graduate programs, you’ll develop a deep and meaningful understanding of the disciplines of communication studies and public relations--the philosophies, the principles and how these apply to scholarly and professional practice.
Program Options: Thesis and Non-Thesis Routes
You can choose from two Master's degree programs: the Master of Arts (Communication) and the Master of Public Relations. These programs will help you to become a scholar, a teacher, or a highly-qualified professional with leadership potential. Your courses will welcome students in either degree; MA students complete 8 classes and a thesis, while MPR students complete 10, the last of which is a project seminar. More about courses »
- Master of Public Relations (MPR) - This is an applied (non-thesis) program for Bachelor of Public Relations graduates, as well as graduates of other programs with professional experience in the field. It will prepare you to excel as a practitioner, and to become a leader in your field. Learn more »
- Master of Arts (Communication) - This is a thesis-based program. It will prepare you to become a highly-educated communications professional, or pursue further research as an exceptional scholar and academic. Learn more »
Professional and Research Skills
Our program builds on the historical foundation, reputation and unsurpassed success of public relations education at the Mount. You will develop meaningful and relevant skills by working with our interdisciplinary faculty members on research and professional initiatives such as collecting and analyzing data, writing research papers and reports, and working on ongoing research projects.
Flexible Learning Options
Our students learn alongside classmates across the country and beyond through a collaborative, dynamic, and interactive learning environment. As a full- or part-time student in either degree program, you can earn your degree entirely online. More about online learning »
Assigned Faculty Advisors
As a graduate student, you will be paired with an advisor who will work with you to set and meet educational and professional goals throughout your degree. For MA(Comm) students, faculty advisors will help to identify thesis topics, and will remain a support as you write, prepare and successfully defend your thesis.
Advancing your Career
A Master's degree can help you develop your current career, unlock professional opportunities, and give you the skills you need to launch a new career. The skills you learn will help you develop and advance the body of knowledge that all communications professionals rely on to establish and follow best practices in our discipline. Graduates of our programs are pursuing careers in government, health care, charities and not-for-profit organizations, community groups, post-secondary education, and the private and corporate sectors.