Communication Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    7248 USD/year
    Tuition fee
    3465 USD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #42 (WUR) ,
The M.A. in Communication Studies offers advanced training in the critical, historical, and theoretical analysis of communication in culture, communication technology, and communication policy.

About

Students enter our graduate programs from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, though all have a history of documented academic excellence and aptitude for advanced scholarly research. Over the past 30 years, the Graduate Program in Communication Studies has trained many of Canada's leading communications scholars. Graduates of the program may be found working in all levels of government, within the cultural industries, and in dozens of university Communication Studies departments around the world.

The graduate option in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) provides graduate students obtaining degrees in a variety of participating departments and faculties with a cross-disciplinary specialization in feminist, women's, and gender studies. Students who pursue this option obtain a graduate degree in their own department as well as an option/concentration in GWS. Thus, the graduate option in GWS will appear on a students transcript along with the M.A.

The option was developed by the Women's Studies program in response to needs expressed by the Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship (GGFS) and to the range of inquiries the Women's Studies program regularly receives from potential students interested in graduate-level work with a feminist focus at McGill University. There are no prerequisites to enter into the option. However, undergraduate or graduate courses in gender or womens studies provide an ideal foundation for more in-depth study of, and research in, feminist scholarship. The thesis must be on a topic centrally related to gender and/or women's studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Discourse Theory and Analysis: "Discourse and Social Change"
  • Staff-Student Colloquium
  • Readings in Communication Research
  • Historiography of Communication
  • Media and Urban Life
  • M.A. Thesis Preparation
  • Readings in Communication Research
  • Interpretive Methods in Media
  • Bodies and Machines
  • Special Topics: Media and Culture TBA

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:

    567

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    86

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

All supporting application documents and required supplemental materials must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system.

  • Online Application for Admission form
  • Application fee: non-refundable Canadian funds payable by credit card cover up to two program choices per term. Some programs may charge additional fees. If applicable, these will be automatically charged when you submit the application form. Please note that application fees and other charges are listed on the Student Accounts website.
  • Transcripts: your complete record of study from each university-level institution you have attended to date. Uploaded copies are considered unofficial; final, official copies will be required of admitted applicants.
  • Reference letters: on the application form you must provide the names and email addresses of at least two professors who are familiar with your academic work. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf. N.B. some departments require more than two referees; please consult Admission Requirements and Application Procedures for each department at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs. This topic is under discussion; please check with your department before you begin requesting reference letters.
  • TOEFL/IELTS, GRE, GMAT results: when registering for the test, please ensure that you request that results be sent directly to McGill University. McGill will then receive the results electronically, directly from the testing agency.

An Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required of applicants for the MA program, as noted, with a minimum CGPA of 3.3.

An undergraduate degree in Communication Studies is not required for admission to the MA program though demonstrated ability in a related area of study is an asset.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7248 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3465 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3465 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms*

Funding

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