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Professional Communication (MPC)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Professional Communication

This program addresses the growing need for formally qualified specialists to plan, implement and oversee organizational communication at an advanced level. Building on Ryerson’s reputation for distinctive, high-quality, professionally oriented education, the program provides a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and emphasizes the role of communication in productivity and sustainability at organizational and global levels.

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At a Glance

  • Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.33 (B or equivalent) in the last two years of study
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Portfolio including two examples of written communication

More information on how to apply.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

This vibrant program addresses the growing need for formally qualifi ed specialists to plan, implement and oversee communications at organizational and global levels, whether in government, health care, corporations or not-for-profit organizations.

Our program challenges students to critically and creatively explore visual design, media relations, risk-crisis communication, advanced speaking and presentation technologies. Students will gain advanced research skills through the completion of an original written or creative major research project

This course allows students to participate in organizational placements, which relate to their research interests and may provide primary data for their major research project.

The CCK provides students with opportunities to plan and create communication strategies and products for internal and external researchers.

Apply to work as a Research Assistant or Grad Teaching Assistant. Program funding is awarded to top candidates.

Graduate Admissions 

Admissions information and how to apply

11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

For information specific to programs please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Matthew Tiessen
Graduate Program Director
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6384

Mauro Chiera
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7608
Fax: 416-979-5153

“The MPC synthesizes theoretical and practical learning, which was exactly what I was looking for — I didn’t find it anywhere else in Canada. The internship allowed me to explore my skills and interests in a real-life professional environment, while my major research paper was a great addition to my portfolio. This gave me a competitive edge over other job candidates.”

Amanda Lai, MPC alumna
Tacicia Bryan

Student Profile

Tacicia Bryan (master of professional communication alumna) examined the evolution of black identity and varied expression of black narratives in social media.

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How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.