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Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies (BPA-CS) is a degree-completion program that brings together your real-world knowledge and experience with theory and research from the communications field.
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AU’s Bachelor of Professional Arts (BPA) 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.
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.
In the BPA-CS program, you will apply your professional knowledge within the national and international context of mass media and communication. You will explore topics including
When you graduate, you will have a sound knowledge of the many contexts you practice your profession in
You will also be prepared to take on leadership positions, administrative responsibilities, and coordinating and consulting functions in your field.
The BPA 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.
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.
Make sure we get your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit.
If you have significant life and work experience that relates to this program, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). You can use PLAR credits either toward program entry, if you don’t have a related diploma, or toward program requirements, which could mean fewer courses to get your AU degree.
You must complete a minimum of 30 credits at AU.
To complete the program you will need to complete the common core courses of the Bachelor of Professional Arts, plus those specific to your major.
Our program plans can give you an idea of what courses you need to finish this program, and how to plan the order you’ll take them in. If you’re feeling stuck, our academic advisors can help.
Once you have paid the initial application fee, tuition is pay-as-you-go for each course registration. Course fees vary depending on your location and other factors.
You can estimate your total program cost by multiplying the cost of a 3-credit course by the number of courses you need to take for the program. Remember that tuition costs may increase each year.
Graduates from the Bachelor of Professional Arts-Communication Studies (BPA-CMNS) program will demonstrate the ability to:
Possible career options
* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other universities.
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