The MA in Professional Communication is a 36 credit, two-year program delivered through online courses and an annual three-week residency held on campus in Victoria, B.C.
The on-campus residencies at the beginning of each study year allow students to become acquainted with the Royal Roads University culture; faculty and fellow students.
Students will also:
- begin the study of core elements of the program;
- attend interactive workshops in professional communication;
- listen to lectures and seminars by external experts in the field;
- develop team and leadership skills essential for future distance-delivered semesters;
- consolidate learning acquired during the program; and
- benefit from small-group mentoring and personal consultation.
Students can expect to work hard during the residency period. The normal classroom schedule is Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are done outside of these hours. In addition to the educational activities, there will be a number of planned recreational events.
Both residency periods are mandatory. However, you do not have to stay on campus, and off-campus housing is available through an off-campus housing registry.
The distance learning portions of the MA in Professional Communication program take place online. During the distance study periods, students typically take one distance course at a time for a period of approximately nine weeks each. Prior to commencing each course, students are provided with a package of materials and readings. Each course will require a level of effort of approximately 22 hours per week. This may vary at times throughout the course and from student to student. During the first distance courses, the amount of time required may be higher, as students familiarize themselves with our distance learning technologies. At their own convenience, students will work through the requirements of the course (although there are ‘real time’ deadlines for assignments, exams, etc.).
Students will take one or two elective courses, depending on whether they choose to end their program with a thesis or a research paper. (Thesis option = one elective, research paper option = two electives)
The elective courses are as follows:
- PCOM 631 Professional Writing and Publishing
- PCOM 632 Conflict Analysis and Management
- PCOM 633 Strategic Communication Management
- PCOM 635 Communication for Social Change and Development
We use a number of different delivery methods including textbooks, articles, case studies, videotapes, and interactive Internet learning using discussion groups (bulletin boards) for correspondence with classmates. Having already met their classmates during the first residency period, students continue to work in teams during the distance courses. This diverse and comprehensive approach to learning has proven extremely helpful to our students.