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Communications and Public Policy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Fredericton, Canada
The Communications and Public Policy (COPP) program is the home to the Frank McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy. The program offers a unique set of courses that focus on both public and private-sector communications with an emphasis on how this impacts public policy. 
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The Communications and Public Policy Major explores the connection between communicating with citizens and creating, implementing, and evaluating public policy. Students in the program will explore the influence of communications in the process of a participatory democracy, preparing them to work as communications professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The program encourages its graduates to be able to work in both English and French and provides opportunities for bilingual students and French immersion students to continue their studies in both languages. Upper-year courses offer students the opportunity to complete course work (and internships) in English and French.

Critical and transferable skills gained from studying Communications and Public Policy include writing, critical thinking, written and verbal communications, multimedia and social media skills that interact with course work, public speaking and professional presentations, professional career preparation skills, and many others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Economics
  • Intro to Environmental Problems
  • Intro to Perspectives on the Environment
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Praxis
  • Natural Resources and First Nations of the Maritimes
  • Native Environmental Ethics and Ecology
  • Society and Ecology
  • Science, Technology, and Society 
  • Food, Science & Sustainability
  • Natural Disasters
  • Energy and Society

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • International applicants must demonstrate academic strength in a high school program of college/university preparatory courses with subject distribution, other minimum requirements, and academic standing comparable to that required for Canadian applicants. A non-refundable $55.00 ($40.00 for New Brunswick residents) application fee.
  • Please note that Bachelor of Arts applicants who have been accepted to and completed courses at St. Thomas University within the past three years are not required to pay the application fee. International students who wish to have their correspondence from the University sent to them by courier may pay an additional non-refundable $50 courier fee at the time of application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15230 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15230 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6776 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6776 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fredericton

  • 1100 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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