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Joint Masters and Doctoral Program at Ryerson in Communication and Culture
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Students must complete the equivalent of 8 or 9 credits, including three required core courses, a foundation course in two of the three areas of specialization, the MA seminar and a Major Research Paper or a Thesis or Project. The remaining courses are to be chosen from the list of elective courses, including field placements or diredted readings (up to a maximum of two credits).

Revised Master’s Program

Effective Fall 2014

3 Required courses:

  • CC8902 Research Methodologies, 
  • CC8905 MA Research Specialization and Practice and
  • CC8906 CC: An Interdisciplinary Approach

5 Electives:

with at least one from each Area of Study and

Either a Thesis or Master’s Project, or a Master’s Research Paper (MRP) with one additional elective.

Options

Major Research Paper (MRP)

A paper of about 50 pages reporting research on a topic approved by a faculty advisor.

Project

A project, such as a video or multimedia production, that breaks new ground in an area of applied work, with a Project Paper of about 30 pages documenting the work involved, placing it in the context of theory and practice in the field, and explaining its originality.

The project option permits MA candidates to undertake and report on advanced work in non-traditional ways. Projects could include an audio, video, or multi-media production, a website or network design, a photographic essay, technical manual, or strategic information plan, among many possible examples. The required project paper must document the work involved, place it in the context of the theory and practice in the field, and explain the originality of its contribution [how it "breaks new ground"].

Thesis

A report of about 100 pages based on original research under the direction of a supervisory committee.

MA Thesis or Project

(8 credits + thesis or project)


3 Required courses:

  • CC8902 Research Methodologies,
  • CC8905 MA Research Specialization and Practice and
  • CC8906 CC: An Interdisciplinary Approach

5 Electives:

with at least one from each Area of Study


Proposal

Formal proposal for Thesis or Project


Project or Thesis

Candidates must undertake research or project-related work under the direction of three faculty members (including one from each university). The principal supervisor must be a member of the core faculty of the Program. Candidates must submit a thesis (of about 100 pages) based on original research in appropriate thesis form or a project (in appropriate form) that breaks new ground in an area of applied work and a Project Paper (of about 30 pages) demonstrating the contribution of the work.

See above for further information on the Project Option.


Other

Oral examination on Thesis or Project (including Project Paper)


Minimum Time To Completion

See Balance of Degree Fee statement on YSGS Fees site

Full-time students: Four terms

Part-time students: Eight terms

MA Major Research Paper

(9 credits + Major Research Paper)


3 Required courses:

CC8902 Research Methodologies,

CC8905 MA Research Specialization and Practice and

CC8906 CC: An Interdisciplinary Approach

6 Electives:

with at least one from each Area of Study


Proposal

Formal proposal for the Major Research Paper


Major Research Paper

Candidates must undertake research under the direction of a faculty member on an approved topic and submit a paper of about 50 pages incorporating this research. The paper will be assessed by the supervisor and a second reader.


Minimum Time To Completion

See Balance of Degree Fee statement on YSGS Fees site

Full-time students: Four terms

Part-time students: Eight terms

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