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The MA (Communication) is a traditional thesis-based Master's program that requires students to complete four full-units of course work and one-unit of thesis (which typically takes 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.

The MPR is a traditionally-structured professional (non-thesis) degree, in which students will complete five units of course work, including a project seminar.  MPR 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.  As they prepare the project, students explore the theory, research and practice of public relations.  This exploration is grounded in the students' learning throughout the degree to link theoretical and research ideas to practical contexts in the profession.

If you have public relations experience, but your undergraduate degree is not in Public Relations but in a related field like Communications, you must include a portfolio with your application.

The portfolio should demonstrate through brief discussions the projects you've worked on, and the level of leadership you've had in bringing each to an end. The goal of your portfolio is to use your "products" to show our admissions committee that your level of expertise in public relations and applied communication is that of someone who has three years of experience in the field. The portfolio may be submitted in electronic or hard copy format.

If you are professionally accredited by the Canadian Public Relations Society or the International Association of Business Communicators (or equivalent), you do not need to submit a portfolio, but you do need to submit documents that show your accreditation.

To meet our admission requirements a communication-related field could be any degree with a strong writing and research component.  Examples include: communication studies, public relations, journalism, business (i.e., marketing, advertising, management, etc.), arts and science communication.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree and work experience in Public Relations, the MPR will help you return to the workforce with a deeper knowledge and understanding of communication and management theory, allowing you to pursue a more advanced practice.

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.  

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.

The deadline varies from year-to-year but is usually around mid-February.  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 program is full.

The Admissions Office will ensure that your file is complete.  Complete files are then forwarded to the departmental graduate studies committee which makes the final decision.

Completion times vary.  Depending on course availability, and whether you want to study full- or part-time, you can finish the MPR in as little as a year and a half, and the MA (Communication) in two 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.

Yes! Many of our students work full- or part-time, have families, and other personal and professional commitments.  We offer a variety of learning options, including full- or part-time enrolment, evening classes and online/distance course offerings.  Classes typically meet once-a-week for approximately 2 hours, late afternoon or evening.