What will I learn?

This 36-credit program is designed for self-starters and independent thinkers; students who want to further their career in intercultural or international communication, including Strategic Communication, Health Communication, and Communication for Development. The program is delivered by faculty with professional and practitioner industry insight, providing a functional, real-world understanding of the fundamental and advanced concepts related to intercultural and international communication issues.

The MA in Intercultural and International Communication program will give graduates the skills necessary to communicate effectively in complex circumstances, through the use of diverse media and communication genres and engaging different audiences across multiple cultural settings.

Graduates will be familiar with non-governmental, civic, and business organizations and will have an understanding of how the making and shaping of meaning is fundamental to the reproduction of culture.

Course themes include:

  • Intercultural and International Communication
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Media Relations in a Global Context
  • Public Affairs and Advocacy
  • Social Marketing
  • Sport for Society
  • Communication for Health and Well-Being

Careers

The Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication program at Royal Roads University will prepare you for a career that requires the knowledge, skills, and applied approaches to problem solving global communication issues. Our graduates are working at national and international levels in the public and non-profit/Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) sectors. MAIIC graduates lead and support organisations to develop creative communication activities in the growing intercultural and international contexts.

The potential fields of practice for graduates are varied, and include:

  • Communications officers for government and non-government institutions;
  • Communications directors for corporations and marketing organizations;
  • Professional writers of newsletters, trade publications, journals, instructional manuals, political speeches;
  • Organizational development and training consultants;
  • Human resources training and development specialists;
  • Editors, freelance or for in-house publications or correspondence;
  • Publishers of print or online journals, magazines;
  • Teachers of communication skills courses at community colleges;
  • Media consultants, correspondents, or journalists;
  • Public relations officers;
  • Marketing managers and advertisers;
  • Administrative assistants for information-based production credits,
  • Development communication consultants to foreign assistance funded projects.

Which department am I in?

School of Communication and Culture

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
CAN $31,859 for the entire course. 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

7 September 2020, 6 September 2021

Venue

Royal Roads University

2005 Sooke Road,

VICTORIA,

British Columbia (BC),

V9B 5Y2, Canada

Online/Distance with attendance (22 months)

Tuition fees
CAN $31,859 for the entire course. 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 March 2021

Venue

Royal Roads University

2005 Sooke Road,

VICTORIA,

British Columbia (BC),

V9B 5Y2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree, preferably in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution, with a minimum B average. English Language Requirements: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 7.0 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 100 overall with a minimum 26 in writing and 23 in listening, reading and speaking; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 68 overall with a minimum 60 in writing, speaking, listening and reading.

For international students

Standard Admission

Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a relevant field, with a minimum GPA of 'B+' (3.33/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
A minimum of two years relevant work experience, preferably in a leadership capacity. This experience should have immersed the applicant in a multicultural, intercultural, or international setting and fostered a basic understanding of intercultural communication.

Flexible Admission

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

All applicants must show evidence of having sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to complete a demanding academic course of study at a master's level and have significant professional communication experience.
Applicants without a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree, but more than three years (90 credits) of relevant post-secondary education, should have at least five years of relevant work experience, preferably in a leadership capacity.
Applicants with 2-3 years (60-90 credits) of relevant post-secondary education should have at least seven years of relevant international/intercultural work experience in a leadership capacity.
Applicants with less than two years of relevant post-secondary education should have at least ten years of high-level, professional communication experience in a leadership capacity.

English language requirements:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 7.0 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 100 overall with a minimum 26 in writing and 23 in listening, reading and speaking

Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE-A): 68 overall with a minimum 60 in writing, speaking, listening and reading

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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