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ComCult has an official university page on LinkedIn, external link. In the past, the joint nature of our program has made it difficult for current students and alumni to connect with one another on LinkedIn’s professional network as students could only list one school on their profile. Our page is affiliated with both schools, and will serve as a central hub for connecting with alumni, sharing program updates, and distributing content relevant to ComCult graduates.

Update your information

If you currently have a LinkedIn profile, we ask that you follow these steps to update your information:

  1. Log on to your LinkedIn profile
  2. Scroll down to “Education” and click “edit”
  3. If you currently have “Ryerson University” or “York University” listed as under “School”, type in “Communication and Culture” instead
  4. The joint program logo should appear in the drop down menu
  5. Verify that the “Degree” section reflects MA or PhD. You also have the option to add the stream under “Field of Study” i.e. Technology in Practice
  6. You can locate and access the page here https://www.linkedin.com/school/comcult/ or from either the
  7. Ryerson or York LinkedIn pages (Communication and Culture is listed as an “Affiliated School” on both official university pages).

Benefits to changing your profile status

  • You are now listed as a current student or alumni of both Ryerson and York Universities, and included in the career insight data for both universities
  • You can easily connect and network with other students and alumni from the program, regardless of which side they registered with
  • The page will serve as a joint online community where updates from both sides of the program will be posted, and you can be kept up to date with program news
  • As alumni, you can easily locate and request to join the private alumni group (listed as a featured group on the ComCult profile) where updates will be tailored to alumni engagement (networking events, surveys on how alumni want to be engaged, job postings, etc.)

The Executive-Council is the governing body of the Joint Program. It must approve of calendar changes, including all curriculum issues, amendments to regulations, appointments of faculty membership to the program, and major policies, as well as appointments to committees.

The members of the Executive-Council are normally elected for a two-year term. Each position has a representative from both schools.

The program council, which consists of all faculty listed as members of the Joint Program and the student representatives to the Executive-Council, meets from time to time to consider broad issues of policy and priority. It also elects the six faculty members on the Executive-Council, with the Directors serving as the nominating committee. When a meeting cannot be arranged, nominations are circulated electronically for approval.

In accordance with University policy and respecting the established guidelines of the Joint Program Memorandum (2010-2016), Executive-Council Membership includes the following:

  1. The two Graduate Program Directors (GPDs) from Ryerson and York.
  2. Three faculty members from each of Ryerson and York who are teaching regularly in, supervising students of, or active in the administration of the graduate program. Members will be elected by and from faculty by way of a fair and transparent method. Normally, the faculty members shall represent the diversity of the curricular Areas of Specialization, one from each University representing each of Media & Culture, Politics & Policy, and Technology in Practice.
  3. Four Graduate Student representatives, two from each of Ryerson and York elected by and from graduate students in the Program. Normally, the Student members shall represent Masters and Doctoral students equally.
  4. Up to three faculty from each of Ryerson and York will be non-voting Executive-Council members representing Faculties, Departments, and Schools that have direct and substantial involvement with the Program.
  5. The Graduate Program Administrators from both Ryerson and York will be non-voting members of Executive-Council.
  6. The term of voting Executive-Council membership will be 2 years for faculty, and 1 year for students. All members may stand for re-election.

Standing Committees

The Admissions Committee makes recommendations to the Executive-Council, or relevant sub-committee, about:

  • Recruitment mechanisms;
  • Procedures, practices and standards for admissions into graduate programs, including academic and non-academic qualifications;
  • Curriculum advising and approval guidelines.


Unless otherwise stipulated by a funding source, the Ryerson and York Grad Programs shall conduct separate Scholarships and Awards Committees. Beyond the confidential deliberations to rank applicants and select recipients of awards, each of Ryerson’s and York’s Scholarships and Awards Committee makes recommendations to the Executive-Council, or relevant sub-committee, about:

  • Policies and practices for graduate student funding, such as minimum levels and length of commitment for both full-time and part-time;
  • Sources of graduate student funding, such as internal scholarships, research assistantships, course instruction, and supervisory stipends;
  • Award selection criteria and procedures.


Faculty members of the Joint Program may supervise students from either University; Students in the Joint Program may be supervised by faculty members from either University. Therefore, to establish consistency and diminish discrepancies between Membership categories and policies at Ryerson and York, decisions over Membership to the Program shall be handled jointly between the Ryerson and York Programs by the Program Membership Committee.

The Executive-Council may constitute ad-hoc committees to address specific topics.