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Bachelor of Professional Arts Communication Studies
Athabasca University is a leader in open, online, and distance education, serving over 40,000 students a year from across Canada and 90 countries around the world. AU’s academic programs and research activities are distributed among five faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Business, Health Disciplines, and Graduate Studies, and the University offers over 850 courses in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree, diploma, and certificate programs. Anyone 16 or older is eligible for admission to undergraduate study, regardless of previous educational experience.
AU courses are offered through two modes of delivery: individualized study and grouped study. Students can start individualized study courses on the first day of any month and establish their own work schedule within the time allowed to complete a course (six to 12 months). They receive full student support either through an assigned tutor or access to a support centre. Most individualized study courses use print or online texts as well as a variety of other online components—study guides, streamed audio or video components, online quizzes and exams, chatrooms, asynchronous and synchronous learning activities—all designed to help meet the learning objectives of each course. The amount of online activity varies from course to course, but most courses are offered completely online. Grouped study courses follow a traditional university schedule and engage students as part of a program cohort. Undergraduate grouped study courses are usually delivered in classrooms at collaborating institutions such as public colleges, hospitals, or aboriginal learning centres. Most graduate courses are offered online using a grouped study format.
Many students enrolled at other post-secondary institutions take AU courses to help them complete their degrees, transferring the credits earned to their home institution. Still others take individual courses out of personal interest or for professional development. Distance education through AU allows students to tailor a program to suit their needs and interests while maintaining their involvement in other personal, professional, or community commitments.
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Program Type Bachelor's
Credential Type Degree
Length 4 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning Only
Full enrolment into the Communication Studies Major requires 60 credits. The BPA Communication Studies Major is available to:
- graduates of an approved two- or three-year diploma (60-90 credits), two 30-credit certificate programs, or one 30-credit certificate and 30 transferable credits;
- graduates of an undergraduate university degree in a discipline other than Communications or Communication Studies;
- applicants with a minimum of 60 credits of university-level coursework;
- applicants with a minimum of 60 AU Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits; or,
- applicants with a combination of PLAR credits combined with university-level course credits to reach at least 60 credits.
Coursework and credentials must have been obtained from an accredited college, university, or institute of technology approved by Athabasca University.
Courses are designed for self-study at home, in the workplace or wherever a student chooses to work. Course materials and resources are provided online or in print form. Students interact with their professors, tutors, classmates (in grouped study courses) and student services providers through computer-mediated communication or by telephone.
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2022/08/01 to 2023/07/31*.
Tuition $8,000.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees N/A Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments N/A Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available
Updated July 31, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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