Masters of Arts in Communications


Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, Canada

About Course

Key information
: 2 Year
Study Type
: Full Time
Tuition fees
: 12.00 CAD / Per Year
Exam Accepted
: IELTS 6.0/9 | TOEFL 80/120
Exam Intake
: Sep
Conditional Scholarship
: NA
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  • Master of Arts Communication

  • Department of Communication Studies | Facebook: MSVU Communication Studies
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    As a student in one of our graduate programs, you’ll develop a deep and meaningful understanding of the disciplines of communication studies and public relations–the philosophies, the principles and how these apply to scholarly and professional practice.

    Both the MPR and MA (Communication) programs are available fully online and can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.  We only offer one-two on campus courses each year.  FYI: Given the pandemic, all our Winter and Summer 2021 course offerings will be delivered online.

    Master of Public Relations
    This is an applied (non-thesis) program for applicants with undergraduate degrees in Public Relations, Communication, Business, Commerce and related fields. It will prepare you to excel as a practitioner, and to become a leader in your field.

    Master of Arts (Communication)
    This is a thesis-based program. It will prepare you to become a highly-educated communications professional, or pursue further research as an exceptional scholar and academic.

    Graduate Certificate in Health Communication and Aging *New*
    This is a 2.0 unit (4 course) program.  It will provide you with an understanding of the interplay between human communication, aging and health. This program is best suited to applicants with an undergraduate degree in Communication, Family Studies & Gerontology, or a related field.

Entry Requirement

  • Applicant must have a bachelor degree

Application Process

  • To be admitted into the Master of Public Relations degree students must provide evidence of:

    • A four year degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Public Relations, Communication or related field.

    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in the last two years of undergraduate study.

    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional).

    Students who are interested in exploring Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for admission should refer to the MSVU Graduate Academic Calendar section 2.1.8 for information on that process.

    If a student has not been enrolled in a post-secondary institution for at least three years, the applicant may substitute the academic letter of recommendation with a second professional letter of recommendation. Also, if a student has not been engaged in relevant employment, but has been recently attending a post-secondary institution, the applicant can submit a second academic letter of recommendation in lieu of a professional letter of recommendation.

    To be admitted into the Master of Arts in Communication degree students must have completed:

  • A 4-year Bachelors degree in a communication-related field (e.g. public relations, communication studies, journalism, marketing communication) with a minimum of a B average (GPA 3.0) in the final two years of study.
  • Applicants must also submit an 800-word narrative essay describing their profile, research interests and aspirations for a career in the field of Public Relations and both professional and academic references.

    Applicants must complete the Graduate Studies Application Package by February 15 for fall admission.

    Admission to the Master of Arts in Communication will be based on the availability of the Department of Communication Studies faculty to supervise in a student’s proposed area of research. At present faculty areas of professional and academic interest include: Public Relations ethics; healthcare communication; Public Relations management and strategy; media relations; crisis communication; mass media theory; public opinion; gender issues in Public Relations; rhetorical and persuasion theory; small group and community theory; and audience reception theory.

    All students will be assigned an academic advisor upon admission who will be responsible for overseeing the student’s program of study.

    Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2021-2022 academic year which runs from September 01, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

    For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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