• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

The BA in Professional Communication (Blended) programme offered by the Royal Roads University balances the best of academic education, professional experience and practical skills, and combines a comprehensive overview of communications as an academic field with a selection of courses in professional writing, public relations, journalism, public speaking, organizational communication and new media. Graduates will be able to understand the fundamental concepts, tools, processes and techniques in communication and will have developed interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills.

The 24–month blended model of the BA in Professional Communication program has been developed to meet the needs of students who wish to continue their employment, while completing their third and fourth years of a bachelor's degree. The blended program is delivered through online learning and on-campus residencies, a two-week on-campus residency at the beginning of each year (with the rest of the program delivered online).

Who It’s For

Graduates of this program will become well equipped for advancement in their careers. While training in communication skills in key to all career paths, education in professional communication is especially beneficial for careers in public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, and corporate, technical, or web-based communication.

Students typically apply to the program with 60 university credits (or years one and two of a BA), often in the form of an associate of arts diploma or degree. Applicants who do not have the formal academic education or credits to qualify for admission, may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education or career experience in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.

Careers

The field of communications spans across many industries, including:

ADVERTISING
  • Advertising Specialist, Marketing Specialist, Copy Writer, Account Executive Manager.
  • Media Planner, Creative Director, Public Researcher.
BROADCASTING
  • Station Manager, Director of Broadcasting, Community Relation Director, Unit Manager.
  • News Writer/Manager, Technical Director, Advertising/Marketing, Announcer/Presenter.
  • Disc Jockey, News Manager, Casting Director, Producer, Business Manager.
BUSINESS
  • Management, Personnel Recruiter, Human Resources, Trainer, Public Information Officer.  
  • Industrial Relation, Negotiator/Mediator, Customer Service, Editor, Human Resources. 
COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH CARE/SOCIAL SERVICES
  • Communication Director, Public Relations, Social Worker, Marketing Director
  • Research Analyst, Communication Analyst, Public Administrator, Human Rights Officer
  • Community Affairs Liaison   
GOVERNMENT/POLITICS
  • Public Information Officer, Legislative Assistant, Campaign Director, Research Specialist, Program Coordinator, Elected Official
HIGH TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES
  • Television/Film Producer/Director, Systems Analyst, Technical Copywriter
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS
  • Trade Negotiator/Mediator, Corporate Representative, Translator, Diplomat  
JOURNALISM (PRINT OR ELECTRONIC)
  • Reporter, Editor, Newscaster, Author, Copy Writer, Script Writer.
  • News Service Researcher, Technical Writer, Acquisitions Editor, Media Interviewer.
PUBLIC RELATIONS
  • Publicity/Advertising Manager, Marketing Specialist, Lobbyist Account Executive.
  • Corporate Public Affairs Specialist, Development Officer, Sales Manager, Creative Director.
  • Media Analyst, Media Planner, Public Opinion Researcher.
THEATRE/PERFORMING ARTS
  • Performer, Script Writer, Arts Administrator, Costume Design, Stage Manager, Casting Director.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Professional Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Professional Written Communication
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
  • Historical and Conceptual Foundations of Digital Communication
  • Advanced Digital Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures
  • Public Persuasion
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Visual Communication

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

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  • Minimum required score:

    60

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

STANDARD ADMISSION
  • Completion of a diploma, or 60 credits, in communication, journalism, business administration, or general arts, including a minimum of 24 second-year credits, with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33) from a recognized post-secondary institution.

FLEXIBLE ADMISSION

Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission Requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:

  • Normally, a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the areas of communication, public relations, journalism or other related fields.
  • Evidence of having sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to complete a demanding academic course of study.

Work Experience

At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20388 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40780 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8400 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16800 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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