1. Must I be a Communication Studies graduate in order to apply for the Master’s Program in Professional and Business Communication and Public Relations?
This is definitely not a requirement. The program is suitable for students coming from a variety of backgrounds in liberal arts and social sciences and is also very suitable for students with degrees in business at both the undergraduate and MBA level.
2. What makes this program unique? How is this program different from other similar ones in this area?
First of all, it is important to know that there are no similar ones. This is the only program of its kind in Greece at the moment. In terms of uniqueness, if you are looking for a thorough grounding in the practice of modern public relations from an international perspective, this is the program for you. If you are looking for a program that “cares” about its students—during the program (e.g., helping to solve problems or listening to and acting upon student feedback) and afterwards (e.g., assisting with job opportunities and alumni events)—this is also the program for you. What we are most proud of in this program is communication itself: although La Salle is across the ocean, we communicate almost daily, and we tend to reply to each other within minutes of receiving messages. The Athens director works closely with faculty and students to make sure that any problems that might arise are quickly resolved. In addition, the basics are here, as well. The program is taught by highly qualified faculty, 60% of whom come from La Salle to teach on site; thus our entire faculty are highly experience and provide unique views on the international PR environment.
3. What kind of person joins this program?
The international programs in Athens and Prague have a wide variety of students. We have had people from fields such as diplomacy (two ambassadors and two cultural attaché office members), the corporate world (e.g., Microsoft, Coca-Cola, CEZ, T-Mobile), non-profit (People in Need), and Government (Radio Free Europe). We also have recent graduates of New York College and other universities in Europe and North America including Russia, Germany, Jordan, Albania, Portugal, Canada, and, of course, the USA.
4. How many students study in the program at one time?
The present cohort had 20 students. The year before there were 10. Our aim is to have 25 students in the class. We see this number as ideal. Whether we will get to that number this year or next remains to be seen. It is a new program, and new programs take a while to become known. We are confident that as more satisfied students graduate from the program, and they spread the word, both with positive recommendations based on their experiences in the program and through high performance in their careers, the numbers will rise.
5. Are the classes and professors the same every year?
Discussions take place concerning the design of the program, and teaching faculty rotate on a continual basis. Much of this discussion is based on how students feel about both individual courses and the flow of the program as a whole. In addition, changes in the rapidly evolving communications world are taken into consideration, which can have an impact on courses selected for inclusion into the program.
6. What is the schedule for each weekend day? Are classes held on Saturdays and Sundays or also on Friday evenings?
Classes run Fridays from 18:00 - 21:00, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 - 18:00.
7. Do I need to attend class?
Classroom participation is seen as being of utmost importance in the program. We want students to get the most out of their studies, and you cannot benefit if you are not present. For that reason, we ask students to weigh their personal and professional obligations very carefully before joining the program to be certain that they will be able to fully attend all classes.
8. How much work load is expected outside of the classes?
It is expected that students will be working full time during the program. However, it is also expected that students will be completing assignments outside their class time. It is a delicate balance between a busy working life and studying, but we try to work together—professors and students—to find the ideal balance between a rich working life and a rich student life. As an estimate, for each course, you can expect about 15 to 20 hours of work outside the classroom.
9. What must I submit to Admissions in order to apply?
In order to apply, you will need to submit the following: completed application, academic transcript of undergraduate degree, and two references (at least one being academic).
10. Who must take an English language proficiency exam? Which are acceptable?
Students whose first language is not English are required to give evidence of their proficiency in English. We have this requirement because we want to be sure that students can deal with graduate-level course content in English. The most commonly taken exams are IELTS and TOEFL.
11. I am coming from abroad. Does New York College provide accommodation?
NYC can assist with finding accommodation, but does not directly provide it through university-owned premises. The university has a number of organizations that we work with that have supplied our students with satisfactory accommodation options in the past.
12. Is it possible to apply for scholarship?
At the moment no scholarship program exists, but a flexible payment plan has been developed to help students with payment concerns. Check with Admissions to see what is available.
13. What grades do I need to successfully complete the program?
A minimum of a “B” average is required to successfully complete the program.
14. What can I do when I am finished?
Graduates from the program will be able to use the theoretical, research, and applied skills they have gained in a broad variety of areas in the global market place. Former students can be found not only in major public relations organizations, but also in telecommunications companies, small businesses, and newspapers as well as information technology, human resources, marketing, diplomacy, politics, charities, education, consulting, and many other areas on all continents. The world of communication in the early twenty-first century knows no boundaries.