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Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Exploring the interplay of power and communication, our program provides advanced training in core theories and methodologies in communication studies and critically engages contemporary research themes in the discipline.

Our program is animated by interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in areas such as alternative media, cultural and creative industries, digital cultures, global media, health communication, media history, mobilities, popular music, social media, visual communication, and beyond.

Program Structure

The MA in Communication Studies offers three options of study: major research paper and coursework; thesis and coursework; and coursework only. A co-operative education (co-op) program, with limited enrolment, is open to full-time students in any of the three options. The program is normally completed in 12 months (16 months with co-op) and must be completed within 24 months for full-time students. Applications for part-time study will also be considered.

For co-op students, your co-op term will be during the summer term. 

Example Terms

Thesis Thesis
Coursework Coursework 
First fall term three courses three courses two courses two courses three courses three courses
Winter term three courses three courses two courses two courses three courses three courses
Summer term MRP co-op thesis co-op two courses co-op
Second fall term N/A MRP N/A thesis N/A two courses
Total Months
to Complete
12 months 16 months 12 months 16 months 12 months 16 months


Academic Support

Graduate coordinators are your academic advisors who help and advise you with questions you may have during your MA and help guide you to meet your requirements to complete your degree.

Dr. Nathan Rambukkana is your graduate coordinator. To request an appointment, email

Faculty Research

Master's students doing MRPs or Theses work closely with a small supervisory committee comprising an advisor/supervisor and a second reader. In addition, when faculty have funded research projects they might look to hire graduate research assistants. You can explore the work our graduate faculty do via the research interests posted at the bottom of the main program page and by looking through our Faculty Research and Creation Highlights.