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Joint Masters and Doctoral Program at Ryerson in Communication and Culture
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For further information on deadline dates, English language proficiency and the online application, please visit or contact the Graduate Admissions Office. The FAQ section has details about the application process - beforeduring and after submission - as well as about common financial concerns.  

******** Admissions opening mid-Oct. 2017 for Sept 2018 entry *********

MA Program: Full- or Part-time

  • Minimum Academic Requirements for the Master’s program (full- or part-time)
  • Minimum of a 4 year degree in a related discipline that provides some familiarity with cultural or social theory: social sciences, humanities, fine arts or related applied program such as media production or communication technology.
  • Minimum grade average of B+ or 3.33/4.33 in previous 2 years of coursework.
  • Evidence of a high level of undergraduate-level achievement in writing, and undergraduate training in either research or cultural production.
  • Demonstrated commitment and potential to develop advanced work in communication and culture.
  • Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score (see Admissions) to be considered qualified.

PhD Program - Full-time only

Minimum Academic Requirement for the Doctoral program (Full-time only)

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in a related discipline that provided foundational studies in communication and cultural studies: social sciences, humanities, fine arts or related applied program such as media production or communication technology. Note: we invite those without a background in communications and cultural studies but you may be required to take our Master’s level theory courses in one or both of these fields in addition to the other doctoral courses.
  • Minimum grade average of B+ or 3.33/4.33 in previous 2 years of coursework.
  • Evidence of a high level of achievement in Masters-level writing, and either research or cultural production at the Master’s level.
  • Demonstrated capacity to undertake advanced, independent study in communication and cultural studies.
    Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score (see Admissions).

Important Admissions Note: Due to the competition for entry to both the Master’s and Doctoral programs, the Communication and Culture admissions committee give stronger consideration to those with an average of 3.67/4.33 or A- and above in previous 2 years of coursework, strong references, excellent writing sample and exceptional statements of research interest.

Next - preparing a strong application and related documents

Now that you have read the general admission requirements, the Comcult Admissions committee has advice to help you to prepare a strong application and to organize the documents to upload.  See the Application Process page for the advice and list of documents specific to the Communication and Culture program.