Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application deadline?
The deadline varies from year-to-year but is usually around mid-February for a September start. We do not have a January start for either program. Please consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for the year you are applying. You can also find deadline information on the Graduate Online Application page.
While all candidates who apply by the deadline are guaranteed consideration, we continue to review applications until the programs are full.
What is the difference between the MPR and the MA?
The MPR is a traditionally-structured professional (non-thesis) degree, in which students will complete five units of course work, including a project seminar. Students enroll in a project seminar course in the final term of their degree. In this course, students design their projects in consultation with the faculty member teaching the seminar course. This exploration is grounded in the students’ learning throughout the degree to link theoretical and research ideas to practical contexts in the profession.
The MA (Communication) is a traditional thesis-based Master’s program that requires students to complete three-and-a-half units of course work and one-and-a-half units of thesis (which typically takes at least one full year to complete). This degree will appeal to those who have a particular research interest that will contribute to the body of knowledge in the discipline of public relations.
What is the intended career focus for each of the graduate programs?
The MPR is designed for individual’s who are either working in the public relations field or intend to seek employment in the public relations field upon graduation. This program emphasizes theory and skills in the areas of strategic public relations, management, digital media, and corporate communication among other areas.
If you complete the MA (Communication), you should be well prepared to pursue doctoral work in a related discipline and have the research skills to become an effective instructor of public relations at the college level.
How long do the programs take to complete?
Completion times vary. Depending on course availability, and whether you want to study full- or part-time, you can finish the MPR in two years, and the MA (Communication) in two-three+ years. Students must complete all program requirements towards masters degrees within five calendar years from the time of initial registration exclusive of approved leaves of absence.
What is the expected workload?
You should come prepared to do a greater amount of reading and independent study, compared to undergraduate students. Classes normally meet once a week in a two to three-hour seminar format where students analyze and discuss assigned readings. You will be expected to go beyond the assigned readings to broaden your knowledge.
Do you offer flexible and online learning options?
Both the MPR and the MA (Communication) degrees are available fully online.
The Mount offers courses using a variety of course delivery modes. Online resources enhance the different delivery modes to make learning accessible to everyone. Below are general descriptions of some delivery modes:
Multi-Access On Campus
Students in a multi-access on campus section attend a live class at an assigned time and in an assigned location. Their classes are recorded using virtual meeting software. They may or may not interact with online students during the in-class time.
Students in a multi-access synchronous section attend a live class virtually at an assigned time. Their classes may be recorded using virtual meeting software. They will be expected to interact with the instructor and on campus students as a part of the in-class time.
A synchronous course is delivered entirely online using a variety of online tools. The instructor and students are required to meet online as a group at assigned times using a virtual meeting software. Synchronous learning means students can work on their classes from wherever they are located.
An asynchronous course is delivered entirely online using an array of online tools. It is a self-guided and self-paced course. Students are not required to attend any on-campus events and can choose when they watch class lectures and when they work on their learning tasks. Most of the time, asynchronous learning requires students to complete tasks according to an assigned schedule. Asynchronous learning means students can work on their classes wherever and whenever suits their situation.