Curriculum Guideline

Professional Communication (Post-Degree Diploma)

Effective Date:
Program Code
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credential Type
Post-Degree Diploma
Transcript Title
Professional Communication
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Not Specified
Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication
Length of Program
One year
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution of a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.
  • Applicants must also submit a letter of application and writing samples. In the letter, applicants must describe their prior educational and work experience as well as explain how completion of the diploma program will help them meet academic and/or career objectives. For the writing samples, applicants must select material (a combined total of 8–10 pages) that highlights their writing ability in at least three genres (for example, an academic essay, website copy, and a technical manual). Applicants should not include samples of collaborative writing; they may include excerpts from longer works. Electronic submission of the letter and writing samples (PDF format) is preferred.


Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required courses:  
CMNS 3000 Communication Professions 3.00
CMNS 3900 Professional Experience 3.00
CMNS 4000 Professional Communication Portfolio 3.00
Select seven courses from the following thirteen options:
CMNS 3100 Language, Institutions and Power 3.00
CMNS 3102 Language Studies for Professional Communication 3.00
CMNS 3103 Research Report and Proposal Writing 3.00
CMNS 3200 Professional Editing 3.00
CMNS 3316 Conflict Resolution: Advanced Practices 3.00
CMNS 3400 Document Design 3.00
CMNS 3401 Visual Communication 3.00
CMNS 3500 Technical Communication 3.00
CMNS 3501 Writing for the Web 3.00
CMNS 3600 Writing for Magazines and Trade Publications 3.00
CMNS 3700 Public Relations Writing 3.00
CMNS 3800 Special Topics in Professional Communication 3.00
CMNS 3901 Directed Studies in Professional Communication 3.00
Total Credits   30.00