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Communication and Culture (MA, PhD)

Joint Program with York University  

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time (MA, PhD), Part-time (MA)

Degree Earned: Master of Arts or PhD

This unique partnership between two universities combines expertise and opportunities for advanced study of media and cultural technologies, as well as communication politics in practice and theory. The two-year, full- or part-time MA program combines academic and professional work through independent research in theory-building, media practice or policy implications. The full-time PhD program provides a thorough grounding in theory and method, and the practices, processes and technologies of contemporary, media-immersed cultures.

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At a Glance

MA

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in last two years of study
  • Statement of research interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Sample of written work
  • Two letters of recommendation

PhD

  • Completion of a master’s degree in a related field
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in last two years of study
  • Statement of research interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Sample of written work
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

  • Media & Culture
  • Politics & Policy
  • Technology in Practice
  • Activist Video
  • Arts and Culture Policy
  • Broadcast Management
  • Communications Law
  • Culture in the City
  • Digital Technology
  • Everyday Culture
  • Globalization
  • Media Democracy
  • Media Ethics
  • Media Production
  • Modernism
  • Narrative Film
  • Photographic Vision
  • Political Economy of Media
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • The Sociotechnical
  • Theory and Philosophy
  • Centre for Digital Humanities
  • Infoscape Research Lab
  • Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre & Gallery
  • Ryerson Image Centre

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153
E-mail: grdadmit@ryerson.ca
www.ryerson.ca/gradstudies/future-students

Program Contacts

Dr. Jeremy Shtern
Graduate Program Director
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 3301
E-Mail: jshtern@ryerson.ca

Sarah Edmunds
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4837
Fax: 416-979-5153
E-Mail: comcult@ryerson.ca

“This program has enabled me to tap into a unique community of passionate scholars and creative thinkers who have sharpened my research and artistic practice.”

Dave Colangelo, PhD alumnus

Student Profile

Riley Kucheran (communication and culture PhD student) explores clothing and assimilation in Indian Residential Schools

student working at a desk

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.

Funding

At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.