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Establish yourself as a dynamic professional communicator. CSU's Master of Communication (with specialisations) develops your knowledge of contemporary communication practice and theory, including multi-platform communication and digital media.

You can specialise in journalism or organisational communication and graduate with wide-ranging communication expertise.

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  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Communication (with specialisations) positions you as a leader in the rapidly evolving landscape of communication practice. It is ideal for those working in or aspiring to work in journalism and media, organisational communication, advertising, public relations or corporate communication.

    Design your degree

    By choosing a specialisation, you can tailor your degree towards a career goal or explore an area that fascinates you. A generic degree is also available for those who wish to develop advanced knowledge and skills across a broad range of disciplines.

    Industry relevance

    With a strong practical focus, this degree includes assessments that enable you to undertake projects of significance to your workplace or industry. In your final semester of study, you'll produce a research dissertation or tap your creative talents to develop a project geared towards your career interests. 

    Online convenience 

    This degree is delivered online, allowing you to fit study around your work, family and lifestyle commitments. The classroom comes to you through a range of online study materials, forums and communication tools. 

    Professionals teaching you

    Academic staff in CSU's School of Communication and Creative Industries are highly qualified, active researchers with extensive experience. They regularly collaborate with industry to ensure you gain the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills on which to build your career.

  • Career opportunities

    Whether you work as a professional communicator or you aspire to do so, completion of CSU's Master of Communication (with specialisations) will ensure you stand out in the competitive job market. If you are already working in a professional communication context, this qualification will boost your prospects of entering leadership and management roles. This degree also provides a foundation for the pursuit of further research, such as a PhD.

  • Subjects

    Students can choose to undertake a generic communication degree or can study one of the following specialisations.

    Journalism

    The journalism specialisation is designed for graduates of any discipline who wish to gain a professional qualification in journalism. No prior journalism or media experience is required. Students will study foundation communication subjects as well as journalism culture and practice, convergent journalism, research, writing and reporting for journalism. Applicants with experience or an educational background in journalism may be eligible for credit. 

    Organisational Communication

    The focus of the organisational communication specialisation is strategic communication. It prepares communication professionals for a range of leadership roles across sectors and industries. Organisational communication students explore internal communication and communication management; corporate culture and change communication; and issues, crisis and reputation. Graduates leave with critical, research and problem-solving skills that prepare them for communication management in contemporary public and private sectors.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    MASTER OF COMMUNICATION (generic and with specialisations) (128 points)

    Course duration and number of points to be completed are defined by the student's admission credit, as follows:

    * Students entering with a Bachelor (Level 7) qualification from a different discipline (no credit) will be required to complete 128 points (equivalent to 2 years full-time).
    * Students entering with a Bachelor (Level 7) qualification in the same discipline (earning 32 points credit) will be required to complete 96 points (equivalent to 1.5 years full-time).
    * Students entering with a Graduate Diploma (Level 8) from a different discipline (earning 32 points credit) will be required to complete 96 points (equivalent to 1.5 years full-time).
    * Students entering with a Graduate Diploma (Level 8) qualification in the same discipline (earning 64 points credit) will be required to complete 64 points (equivalent to 1 year full-time).

    Foundation Communication – Core subjects (capstone subjects – to be done in final session/s)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16 points)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32 points)

    Foundation Communication – Restricted electives
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16 points)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16 points)

    Journalism Specialisation subjects
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16 points)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16 points)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16 points)

    Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16 points)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16 points)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16 points)
    For this specialisation, Graduate Certificate in Organisational Communication students may also choose:
    HRM502 Human Resource Management (8 points)
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice (8 points)

    MASTER OF COMMUNICATION (no specialisation)
    Students entering the course without credit complete 128 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subject (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500/502)
    - minimum of 3 x Specialisation subjects (from either specialisation).

    Students entering the course with 32 points of credit complete 96 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subject (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500/502)
    - minimum of one Specialisation subject (from either specialisation).

    JOURNALISM SPECIALISATION

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNICATION (JOURNALISM) (32 points)
    Students complete 2 x 16-point subjects including a minimum of one Journalism Specialisation subject (JRN526 / JRN527 / JRN528). 
    One Foundation Communication subject may be included, chosen from CCI500 / CCI501 / CCI502.

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF COMMUNICATION (JOURNALISM) – Exit point only (64 points)
    Students who complete 64 points including a minimum of one Foundation Communication subject chosen from CCI500 / CCI501 / CCI502 plus a minimum of 2 x Journalism Specialisation subjects may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Communication (Journalism).


    MASTER OF COMMUNICATION (JOURNALISM) (128 points)
    Students entering the course without credit complete 128 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subjects (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500 / 502)
    - 3 x Journalism Specialisation subjects (48 points).

    Students entering the course with 32 points of credit complete 96 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subjects (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500 / 502)
    - minimum of 2 x Journalism Specialisation subjects.

    ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNICATION SPECIALISATION

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNICATION (ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNICATION) (32 points)
    Students complete 2 x 16-point subjects as follows:

    - minimum of one 16-point / 2 x 8-point Organisational Communication Specialisation subject/s
    - one 16-point subject from either the Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects or the Foundation Communication subjects CCI500 / 501 / 502.


    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF COMMUNICATION (ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNICATION) – Exit point only (64 points)
    Students who complete 64 points including a minimum of one Foundation Communication subject chosen from CCI500 / CCI501 / CCI502 plus a minimum of 2 x 16-point Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects  may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Communication (Organisational Communication).

    MASTER OF COMMUNICATION (ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNICATION) (128 points)
    Students entering the course without credit complete 128 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subjects (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500 / 502)
    - 3 x 16-point Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects (48 points).

    Students entering the course with 32 points of credit complete 96 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subjects (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of 2 x 16-point Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects
    - remaining points chosen from either Foundation Communication subjects / Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects.

    Other elective subjects not mentioned above may be considered and approved by the Course Director.

    Enrolment pattern

    There is no prescribed enrolment pattern.

    Please contact the Course Director for further advice.

    CCI501 Communication Research Strategies and Criticality (16 points) and CCI504 Communication Dissertation/Project (32 points) are capstone subjects, and should be taken in the final session/s of the course.

    It is the student's responsibility to select subjects in alignment with the requirements of the course structure, subject availability, pre-requisites, co-requisites and/or any subject enrolment restrictions which may apply. Subject selection in relation to the course structure can be made according to student needs and career aspirations.

  • Admission information

    Master of Communication (with or without specialisations) 128 credit points
    Applicants for the Master of Communication (with or without specialisations) must meet the following Admission Requirements:

    Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree  (or AQF equivalent) in a discipline other than communication or media studies from an Australian University
    or
    Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate (or AQF equivalent) in a discipline other than communication or media studies

    English Language Proficiency
    An Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual score below 6 or a qualification deemed by CSU to be equivalent. (See Concordance Tables)

    Additional Course Requirements
    Applicants without tertiary qualifications must successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Communication (with specialisation) prior to admission to the Master of Communication.

    Master of Communication (with or without specialisations) 96 credit points

    Applicants for the Master of Communication (with or without specialisations) must meet the following Admission Requirements:

    Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree  (or AQF equivalent) in communication or media studies from an Australian University
    or
    Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate in Communication from CSU
    or
    Successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in a discipline other than communication or media studies

    English Language Proficiency

    An Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual score below 6 or a qualification deemed by CSU to be equivalent. (See Concordance Tables)

    Master of Communication (with or without specialisations) 64 credit points

    Applicants for the Master of Communication (with or without specialisations) 64 credit points must meet the following Admission Requirements:

    Successful completion of a Graduate Diploma  in Communication at CSU

    English Language Proficiency
    An Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual score below 6 or a qualification deemed by CSU to be equivalent. (See Concordance Tables)

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

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    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPPGYYYOACY
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPOSYYYJACY

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, a student must satisfactorily complete 128 points. Students entering with a related undergraduate degree or Graduate Certificate qualification receive 32 points of credit and must satisfactorily complete 96 points to graduate.

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  • About the School

    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studios; newsroom; performance theatres; exhibition spaces; and photography, graphic design and animation and visual effects facilities. Our courses have real flexibility - on-campus students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities, while online students have the choice to study from their own studio or home. Postgraduate students are supervised by senior academic staff who all have substantial industry experience. The staff also have extensive experience in publications (academic journals and books), presentations at domestic and international conferences, and regularly interact with the industry to stay in touch with developments and changes.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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    NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    1.5 to 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, 3 sessions full-time equivalent for students entering with a related undergraduate degree or graduate certificate, 4 sessions full-time equivalent for students not entering with a related undergraduate degree or graduate certificate.

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  • NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    1.5 to 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, 3 sessions full-time equivalent for students entering with a related undergraduate degree or graduate certificate, 4 sessions full-time equivalent for students not entering with a related undergraduate degree or graduate certificate.

    MODE

    Online

    There are no on campus options for this course

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