Bachelor of Professional Arts Major in Communication Studies

At a glance

  • Credential: degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Next start: monthly

Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Professional Arts, Communication Studies Major is an online degree program that brings together your real-world knowledge and experience with theory and research from the communications field.

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About Bachelor of Professional Arts Major in Communication Studies

At Athabasca University, we recognize that you're not starting from scratch. You bring a wealth of previous knowledge to the table. Our Bachelor of Professional Arts, Communication Studies Major is specifically designed to elevate what you already know. This degree builds on your prior education, whether that is diploma-to-degree in a related field or transferring credits from a previous degree. We blend it seamlessly with a rich tapestry of theories, research, and emerging trends in the communications field.

Admission requirements

The program is designed for students who have completed an approved 2-year diploma or equivalent from an accredited college or institute of technology. You can also apply to the program with a combination of post-secondary education and related work experience.

You will be considered a pre-program student until your admission requirements are confirmed. You can still take courses during this time.

In addition, applicants must also complete AU's English Language Assessment (ELA) prior to being enrolled in the program.

Program details


In the program, you will apply your professional knowledge within the national and international context of mass media and communication. You will explore topics including:

  • the history of mass communications media
  • the effects of media and technology on individuals and society
  • emerging trends and issues in communications

When you graduate, you will have a sound knowledge of the many contexts you practice your profession in:

  • theoretical
  • historical
  • economic
  • political
  • cultural

You will also be prepared to take on leadership positions, administrative responsibilities, and coordinating and consulting functions in your field.

Why take the Bachelor of Professional Arts?

AU's Bachelor of Professional Arts program lets you turn your diploma into a degree while still being able to work and meet personal commitments. You bring your knowledge and professional experience, and we bring you the wider context, including relevant theories and issues.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 2 years of full-time study or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

If you have previous post-secondary education or significant life and work experience that relates to this program, you may be eligible for transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). This could mean fewer courses to get your AU degree.

If you transfer credit, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits at AU.

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Request and send your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit.

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