Communication and Media Studies

Communication and Media Studies

Master of Arts (MA)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

This graduate program offered by the Department of Communication, Media and Film invites students to pursue their academic interests in the critical study of communication and media. We offer a dynamic environment, a community of students from around the world, and a faculty dedicated to fostering a setting where students can reach their full academic potential.

We also offer interdisciplinary scholarship and rigorous theoretical and methodological grounding, and encourage students to develop unique programs of study that reach beyond the boundaries of traditional academic subjects.

Our approach is primarily qualitative, producing research with a tangible impact for diverse communities.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Topics include interdisciplinary approaches to communication and media studies, communication theory and research methods.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
  • Additional Courses: Topics may include critical media studies, communication infrastructure, environmental communication issues, media and politics and more.


Academic careers; private sector: communication/media/film related companies, companies dependent on digital media, wifi services; public sector: non-profit organizations, government positions dependent on digital communication.

A master’s degree in communication and media studies will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Three core courses and three electives

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; three years part-time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

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    Julia Chan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Surveillance and Culture, Digital Media, Media, Race, and Gender, Visual Culture, Horror Film, Research Creation
  2. Charlene Elliott

    Charlene Elliott

    Accepting Inquiries
    Food Marketing, Policy and Childrens Health, Communication and Health, Sensorial communication, Intellectual property, Taste and taste culture, Media literacy
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    Mél Hogan

    Accepting Inquiries
  4. Jessalynn Keller

    Jessalynn Keller

    Accepting Inquiries
    Girls media, digital cultures, contemporary feminisms, popular culture, celebrity
  5. Annie Rudd

    Annie Rudd

    Accepting Inquiries
  6. Tamara Shepherd

    Tamara Shepherd

    Accepting Inquiries
    feminist political economy of digital culture, internet policy, social media & platform studies, research methods
  7. Dr Tania Sona Smith

    Tania S. Smith

    Accepting Inquiries
    Rhetoric, Rhetoric of health and medicine, Public online professional communication
  8. Dr. Paul Stortz

    Paul Stortz

    Accepting Inquiries
    History of Education, Higher Education, and Media; History of Ethnicity, Race, Immigration, Refugees, and Multiculturalism; History of Intellectual Culture; Cultural Theory and Theories of History; Interdisciplinary Studies and Theory; Images in Historical Cultures
  9. Gregory Taylor

    Gregory Taylor

    Accepting Inquiries
    Communication Policy, Technology and Society, Canadian Media, Media and Democracy
  10. Charles Tepperman

    Charles Tepperman

    Accepting Inquiries

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A completed four year baccalaureate degree in Communications Studies, Culture Studies or related field.

Work samples

Two samples of written work.


  • A statement of research intent (250-500 words)
  • A detailed curriculum vitae

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Dec. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Dec. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Communication, Media and Film

Social Sciences Building, Room 320
618 Campus Place NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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