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AB Communication

The Department of Communication trains competent, creative and ethical practitioners, educators, and audiences of traditional and new media. It seeks to infuse the practice and study of communication with the Ignatian values of excellence, service and promotion of justice. Its programs prepare students to work in various communication contexts such as audiovisual and multimedia production, journalism, advertising and public relations in sectors as diverse as education, government, industry and development.

The AB Communication program enables students to engage with the constantly changing landscape of contemporary communication and media by offering an interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of flexible tracks of studies in specialized communication fields: image and sound production, journalism, and advertising and public relations. Grounded on a foundation of communication and media theory, research and ethics, undergraduate students specialize in one of these tracks of study and follow a progression of courses that may be customized to his or her interests in the field. This includes a summer practicum entailing professional experience in communication- related institutions and the crafting of a thesis as the culmination of their academic curriculum.

The program equips students with the capabilities, creativity, vision and values to pursue careers in multimedia and digital video production, print, broadcast and new media journalism, advertising, public relations, education and other careers where creativity, leadership and an acute understanding of communication is essential.


The Master of Arts (M.A.) major in Communication program addresses the needs of three sectors of communication practice: educators and researchers in communication studies, communication planners and policy-makers, and professionals in communication-related industries looking for advancement in their careers. Offered in both Thesis and Non-Thesis Options, the program grounds students in foundational subjects in communication theory, communication and social change, and qualitative and quantitative research methods while allowing them to pursue a wide array of communication electives in their field of concentration as well as from other graduate programs in the Loyola Schools.

At the completion of their course work, students are required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination. Students taking the program’s Thesis Option are required to produce and defend a year-long capstone research or project thesis, while those taking the Non-Thesis Option are required to complete additional course work and a one-semester Independent Study with a faculty adviser.

A scheme implementing the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETTEAP) of the Commission for Higher Education (CHED) allows Filipino professionals with extensive work experience in the field of communication to apply for a reduction of course work requirements through a system of equivalency of professional work and academic requirements


The Master of Arts (M.A.) major in Journalism program is an innovative distance-learning program designed for working journalists, journalism educators, and members of allied media who seek to develop an Asian perspective in their work, to broaden knowledge, and to hone competencies and values they need to excel in their professions. Faculty members from Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States combine with students from various Asian countries to bring broad perspectives in class discussions, promoting a critical and cross-cultural understanding of current events and issues. This is made possible by the program’s unique mode of delivery: it is primarily an online program where students take a wide range of journalism subjects in a virtual interactive learning environment accessible over the World Wide Web. The required subjects of the program are taught using a fusion of online and on-campus methods while journalism electives are taken purely online. Additional elective subjects available from other graduate programs in the Loyola Schools are held on-campus at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Heights campus. With this blend of methods, students congregate on campus for two brief periods during the two-year program: for two weeks in August and for the six-week summer semester running from April to May.

Students in the program complete their studies with a semester-long Master’s Project: a work or study of Asian journalism that puts to test and hones the student’s grounding in journalism theory and principles, ethics, and/or production expertise commensurate to the graduate study of journalism at the Ateneo.

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