• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The MA in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University consists of two years of study with an annual three-week on-campus residency at the beginning of each year. Faculty who have expert, real-world experience provide a solid foundation of advanced professional and technical skills that underpin effective leadership in an increasingly communication-driven world.


The MA in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University provides a broad understanding of communication as a human activity. Graduates will be able to function in environments that require effective team-work, adaptability, strategic planning, intercultural mediation, and a sophisticated understanding of interpersonal discourse. Additionally, they will excel in the integration of written and verbal communications with digital technologies.

Who It’s For

Working professionals who want to excel in the integration of strategic written and verbal communications in an environment that requires team-work, adaptability, intercultural mediation, and a sophisticated understanding of interpersonal discourse. Through our Flexible Admission process, significant professional experience in lieu of academic requirements may also be considered.


Graduates of the MA in Professional Communication are professionals with a broad understanding of communication as a human activity. They are leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the workplace. They are able to function in environments that require effective team-work, adaptability, strategic planning, intercultural mediation, and a sophisticated understanding of interpersonal discourse. Finally, they excel in communication that requires the integration of superior written and spoken skills with digital technologies.

Graduates of the program will be familiar with government, social, and business organizations and will have an understanding of how information exchange is fundamental to their operation.

Graduates will have:

  • Knowledge of both the fundamental and advanced concepts related to human communication and interaction and an ability to communicate successfully (written and oral discourse).
  • The ability to use computer-mediated technology to manage the processes required for information retrieval and dispersal.
  • Knowledge of the mass media and the information society, including information technology, telecommunications, public policy, publishing, and the cultural industries.
  • Knowledge of government, social, and business organizations and an understanding of how information exchange is fundamental to the operation of these.
  • An understanding of the management of communication industries and of internal and external corporate communications (public relations, advertising, marketing).
  • An understanding of culture, international and intercultural communication, negotiation and conflict management. An ability to communicate effectively in diverse and difficult circumstances.


Most professionals require insight and capacity in the area of professional communication concepts and strategies. It is important for leaders of any kind to understand the channels, processes, and principles of communication in order to build culture, engage stakeholders, facilitate change, lead innovation, and strategize effectively. The MA in Professional Communication not only equips you to be a communications specialist in your workplace, it augments existing leadership, finance, or managerial capacities with the specific communication tools to enact your goals and implement your strategies.  

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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Research Process and Methods in Communication
  • Leveraging Social Media
  • Strategic Digital Communication
  • Communication, Culture, Media and Technology
  • Communication and Culture in Organizations
  • Research in Communication Studies
  • Research Proposal
  • Media Production
  • Conflict Analysis and Management
  • Strategic Communication
  • Communication for Development and Social Change
  • Communication for Sustainability
  • Communication Policy, Politics and Law
  • Organizational Design, Communication and Knowledge Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a relevant field, from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Evidence of having sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to complete a demanding academic course of study at a master's level
  • Normally, at least two years of work or volunteer experience, preferably in a leadership capacity.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15624 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31240 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    12396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24790 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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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