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MA in Communication in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Communication (MS-COMM) is a two-year graduate program that builds upon and enhances the skills and knowledge gained in an undergraduate program in communication and other related disciplines. It trains students to handle contemporary and emerging communication issues at both national and international levels. The program also helps students gain a view of communications within a humanistic context.


Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in the Master of Arts in Communication should have an undergraduate degree in the communication field. However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in the field but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Approaches & Methods in Communication Research

  • Strategic Public Relations & Crisis Management

  • Project (under a faculty member’s supervision)

  • Writing for Multimedia in Public Relations

  • Electives from the other Concentration

  • Issues in Intercultural Communication

  • Foundations of Communication Study

  • Communication Campaign Workshop

  • Issues in Corporate Communications

  • Public Administration & the Media

  • Perspectives on Media & Society

  • Organizational Communication

  • International Advertising

  • Advertising Management

  • Consumer Insights


Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the communication field may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university


Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture



Areas of Specialization

  • Strategic Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

  • Political Communication

  • Health Communication

  • Organizational and Corporate Communication

  • Global and International Communication

  • Media, Mass Communication and Journalism

  • Public Relations

  • Technical Communication

  • Information Science


Program Outcome

Graduates of Master of Arts in Communication are expected to be able to:

  • Communicate using different platforms

  • Conduct research in communication and media

  • Create communication materials using different formats

  • Comply with ethical standards and practices in communication

  • Communication theories and principles in developmental work



Board Exam

The Master of Arts in Communication does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Doctorate degree to further gain expertise in the industry. 



Career Opportunities

Graduates of MA in Communication may pursue a career path in media-communication organizations, government agencies, advertising agencies, production houses or companies engaged in using communication resources for development. They may apply as a corporate communication officer, internal communications specialist, communications manager, communication analyst, marketing communications manager, communication skill and product trainer, academician, or a researcher.

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