The Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Communication with thesis or with research paper as well as a Master of Communication (MC) by coursework. In addition, the Department offers two graduate certificates, one in organizational communication and the other in government communication.
The program focuses on five fields of specialization: media studies; organizational communication; health communication; identity and diversity in communication; government communication.
Media studies field examines the content and the modes of operation of traditional and emerging media in their social, cultural, economical, political and regulatory contexts.
Organizational communication focuses on interpersonal and group interactions in the workplace; communication challenges posed by an increasingly diverse and virtual workforce; planning for internal and external communication in private, public, and nonprofit organizations; media relations; and management of risks, among other topics.
Health communication explores concepts, research, and theories regarding health communication issues at the micro level (e.g., interactions between patient and healthcare provider), mezzo level (e.g., role of information and new communication technologies in health care organizations) and macro level (e.g., role of media in shaping public perceptions of health and illness and educating the public on health care issues).
Identity and diversity in communication involves study of the representations and communication challenges posed by "otherness" and diversity in an era of globalization and accelerated circulation of information. Identity issues may relate to ethnicities, races, cultures, age groups, sexual orientations, genders, classes, abilities, language, religion, and value orientations.
Government communication focuses on the mechanism of internal and external communication in a bureaucratic and political environment. Governments studied may function at the local, regional, national or international levels.
Both teaching and research explore major issues related to new information and communication technologies in media and organizations at the national and international levels.
The programs are offered on a full-time or on a part-time basis in French and in English. In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have a right to produce their work, their thesis, and to answer examination questions in French or in English, except those in the graduate certificate in government communication. Students in the bilingual graduate certificate in government communication must submit their work in the language of the course.
The program operates within the general framework of the General Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) of the University of Ottawa, which are posted on the FGPS website: www.etudesup.uottawa.ca