Graduate Program in Communication & Culture
A Partnership of Ryerson University and York University
PhD Degree Requirements, revised for Fall 2014
The PhD Program is research-oriented and is designed to provide advanced training for candidates intending to pursue careers in research and post-secondary teaching. This program is only available on a full-time basis at Ryerson. Those interested in a part-time program should contact the York ComCult office.
Our doctoral program offers specialization in three Areas of Study: Media and Culture, Politics and Policy, and Technology in Practice.
PhD candidates normally must complete six one-term courses, including the PhD Required Courses as well as elective courses in a major and minor field. Students who do not have adequate background in Communication and Culture Studies may be required to take the MA level course: CC8906: An Interdisciplinary Approach, in addition to the other doctoral courses. Upon completion of the courses, candidates must pass a Comprehensive Examination and present an acceptable Dissertation Proposal. The Doctoral Dissertation must make an original contribution to knowledge in the field.