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At least one English Composition course with a minimum grade of "B+" (3.33/4.33).

Standard Admission

  • Prerequisite(s).
  • Arts or Science undergraduate degree.

Flexible Admission


  • Applicants who do not meet our standard admission requirements may be assessed through our Flexible Admission process. Under flexible admission, the combination of work experience, education, and professional development is assessed. 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. Relevant life experience may be substituted for professional experience (e.g., working or living abroad; involvement in multicultural or international organizations).  

As a general guideline:

  • Applicants without an undergraduate degree, but more than three years (90 credits) of communication related post-secondary education, should have at least two years of related work experience.
  • Applicants with 2-3 years (60-90 credits) of communication related post-secondary education should have at least five years of communication related professional experience in a leadership role.
  • Applicants with less than two years of communication related post-secondary education should have at least ten years of high-level professional communication experience including leadership and management positions.

Additional Recommendations for Admission

Experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement for study in this program. However, preference is given to applicants with work experience in the field of communication.

This program is primarily designed for students who have significant experience working with diverse populations, or in multicultural settings, or abroad. Such experience has included the following: working in an embassy abroad; teaching English as a Second Language in other nations; volunteer or employed assistance to refugees, immigrants, or First Nations communities; military service abroad; providing human services in organizations that work with diverse staff or clientele, such as diversity managers in hospitals or corporations; covering international or multicultural issues as a journalist (e.g., editing an ethnic community newspaper).

While the majority of our students are residents of British Columbia, we see an increasing number of learners from abroad or other portions of Canada. The student cohort reflects a wide range in backgrounds and personal characteristics:  many students are multilingual; many have spent significant time (two to six years) abroad; many are second- or first-generation immigrants. Some students may be in their 20s; others in their 60s. They tend to bring different religious and cultural beliefs and practices to their program of study, and more so than in other topics of study, these often come to the forefront within this program.

Participation in such a diverse cohort therefore constitutes an integral aspect of the learning experience. The ability to succeed in teamwork in a highly diverse group of students and a student's contribution to a positive intercultural climate are part of the program's learning outcomes.

If applying through Flexible Assessment you may receive a request to submit a digital portfolio (disk or flash drive) of your previous work, learning and accomplishments (e.g. written work, project management, consulting work, etc.) in the field of applied communication.

A course available from Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University that meets this prerequisite requirement is:

Introduction to Academic Writing and Critical Thinking - Continuing Studies - Academic Preparatory

Application Requirements

Please follow the standard university admission requirements with the exception of the following program-specific requirements:

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be at least a three-page letter indicating your motivation for seeking entrance to the program. Your statement should comment upon your personal and career goals, the expectations you have for the program in relation to the achievement of your goals, and the strengths you feel you can bring to the program. If you are seeking equivalency for some part of the required years of university/college study, please expand upon why you think your life and work experience and/or related formal education and courses merit adjudication under the Flexible Assessment process.

Letters of reference

Your application requires two letters of reference. Ideally, these letters speak to your academic potential, your professional expertise and your personal attributes.

The preferred letters of reference are academic references and professional references.  Personal letters of reference are accepted but are considered less significant than academic or professional references.

Academic letters of reference should attest to your academic achievement, study skills, teamwork, leadership potential, human relations, flexibility, communication and technical skills.

Professional letters of reference assess your current or previous performance in your career. The letter can address areas such as communication skills, interpersonal and leadership skills, management potential, and work ethic.

Personal character letters of reference should indicate the length of time and context in which the writer has known you and address areas such as communication skills, interpersonal and leadership skills, management potential and work ethic.

Structured Resume

Your structured resume should include the following:


List all post-secondary education, degrees, diplomas, and certificates you have achieved.

Work Experience

Training and Professional Development

List career related training and professional development programs completed with the past five years.  Include the source of training, and the duration and year completed. List other training and personal development programs not already identified.

Voluntary/Unpaid Work Experience

List and describe any voluntary/unpaid post-secondary employment and/or community service experience. Please include the name of the organization, length of service, and a brief description of duties. List positions you have held in these.

Information Technology Training and Experience

Briefly describe your level of training and experience in the use of information technology including computers, software and telecommunications networks as tools for business, education, teaching and personal use.

English Language skills

List English (and related) courses completed, which will also appear on your official transcript(s). Include any other experience of written or spoken English (e.g., published writing, prizes and awards, debating club membership, etc.) that may assist us in adjudicating your application for admission.

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

List memberships and positions you hold or have held in professional associations, service clubs, community and volunteer sector.

Portfolio (on request)

Your portfolio should include digital samples (disk or flash drive) of completed work such as projects you have managed, reports, published writing, syllabus outlines of courses you have taught, etc. A portfolio is especially useful for those applicants who have career experience but lack the formal requirements for admission and wish to apply through our Flexible Admission process.