Communication Studies MA

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Communication Studies MA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 2,622 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 2,532

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Wilfrid Laurier University’s MA in Communication Studies is primarily concerned with teaching students to become competent media producers or giving them the academic and theoretical skills they need to pursue PhD and research degrees in this exciting and rapidly evolving field. 

    This program includes extensive co-operative education options, which will give you the real world practical skills you’ll need to succeed. 

    You’ll learn about the theoretical, critical aspects of media and communications as well as industry standard methods of using modern media to communicate a commercial message to a market. This will mean becoming expert at consumer behaviour, managing customer relationships. And maintaining a clear brand across a wide range of traditional and digital media.

    In addition to learning the practical skills of commercial and marketing media production, you’ll gain an overall proficiency with modern communications principles and so called ’new media’.  You’ll also gain vitally needed critical, strategic and creative thinking skills.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 2 years of full time study.

    Communication Studies Modules Include:

    • Graduate Seminar in Communication Studies 

    This is a mandatory course designed to give you the skills you’ll need to complete your research projects. It will focus on the faculty’s research specialties.

    • Communication Studies Research Methods

    This course will make you more familiar with industry standard communications research methods, including participant observation, interviews and experimental design. 

    • Network Cultures 

    This course looks at social media, mobile media and its cultural and business implications. 

    • Critical Theory 

    Based on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, ths also touches upon philosophy, social theory and more. 

    • Global Cultures: Hybrids, Homogeneities and Flows 

    This module looks at specific cultural phenomena, and draws patters between different global communications. 

    • Risk, Media and Science

    Here you’ll look at the creation of risk messages, how they influence the public, and the effects they have on the overall understanding of the risks of certain choices. 

    Learning And Teaching

    Laurier’s Communication Studies program is delivered primarily through lectures and seminar sessions, though you will also attend skills sessions, workshops and special events. It is intended to give you the technical, practical and critical skills you’ll need to prosper in this field.

    You’ll also be able to take part in several co-operative education program options. Here you’ll gain vital real world skills and show potential employers that you have something special to offer. 

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program have founded very rewarding careers in fields like public policy, media planning, public relations and marketing. Others have become media producers of various kinds.  Most find a home in some form of communications, education or public relations work. 

    Recent graduates have taken roles such as Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator, Communication and Education Manager, Product Content Copywriter, Social Content Strategist and Health Marketing Communications Specialist, among many others.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a Baccalaureate degree in a related field, or the international equivalent. Your application should include all relevant work history. 

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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