What will I learn?

The BA in Professional Communication program examines language, media, culture and technology. The program 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.

This program is delivered in two formats: as a 12-month on-campus model (combines years' three and four into an intensive 12-months) and as a 24–month blended model which incorporates online learning with two short on-campus residencies. There are four terms in the 12-month program which are comparable to full-time university semesters. The terms include four to six courses over a time frame of approximately ten weeks, with an additional week at the end of the last term for final papers and exams. Students are expected to be on campus every day.

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).

Both models offer 60 credits of coursework, and are equivalent to years' three and four of the BA, enabling successful students to graduate with a four-year BA degree. 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.

Outcomes

Graduates of the BA in Professional Communication will be effective communicators who understand communication is a creative, intellectual, professional activity. They will appreciate the international and intercultural frameworks and ethical parameters of socially responsible communication. They will be professionals with an understanding of communication as a human activity and be ready to enter the workforce as effective practitioners, decision-makers and supporters of communication. Finally, they will be able to function in environments that require team-work, public speaking, professional writing and publishing skills, basic computer-mediated communication, and problem-solving skills.

Which department am I in?

School of Communication and Culture

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$41,580.00 (US$ 29,713) per year
This fee is for 2019 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

8 September 2020, 14 September 2020, 13 September 2021

Venue

Royal Roads University

2005 Sooke Road,

VICTORIA,

British Columbia (BC),

V9B 5Y2, Canada

Online/Distance with attendance (24 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,790.00 (US$ 14,857) per year
CAN $41,580 for the entire program. This fee is for 2019 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

29 March 2021

Venue

School of Communication and Culture

2005 Sooke Road,

VICTORIA,

British Columbia (BC),

V9B 5Y2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completion of a two-year diploma (or equivalent), with a minimum of 60 credits overall (24 second-year credits) and a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution. English language proficiency: International English Language Testing System (Academic): 6.5 overall; minimum 6.5 in writing and speaking, minimum 6.0 in listening and reading; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based Test (IBT): 88 overall; minimum 24 in writing; minimum 20 in listening, reading and speaking; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 60 overall with no section less than 58.

For international students

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.
Block Transfer Agreements: Communication

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.

English Language Requirements:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 88 overall with a minimum 24 in writing and 20 in listening, reading and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE-A): 60 overall with a minimum 60 in writing and speaking and 58 minimum in listening and reading

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Confederation College
  • Niagara College
  • Fleming College
  • Durham College
  • Canadore College
  • College of the Rockies
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About this uni

Royal Roads is more than a university, it is a transformative learning and life-changing experience.

  • Set in a National Heritage Site on the Pacific coast
  • Innovative study model of personal & professional learning
  • Vibrant international student body from over 60 countries
  • Average class size of 35 allowing better access to instructors