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Communication Studies Graduate Diploma

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with high standing from a recognized institution in a field other than communication.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent of no more than 600 words outlining their background, academic and work experience, and career goals.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

Please see the Communication Studies Courses page for course descriptions.

Communication Studies Graduate Diploma (30 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

COMS 505 Introduction to Communication Theory and History (3.00)
COMS 506 In the Field: Methods in Communication Studies and Practice (3.00)
COMS 510 Graduate Diploma Seminar (3.00)
COMS 562 Media Production: Sound (3.00)
COMS 569 Media Production: Moving Images (3.00)
COMS 570 Media Production: Intermedia (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses chosen in consultation with the Diploma Program Director:

COMS 507 Advanced Scriptwriting for Media (3.00)
COMS 512 Discourses of Dissent (3.00)
COMS 513 Cultures of Production (3.00)
COMS 514 Production Administration (3.00)
COMS 516 Advanced Topics in Documentary Film and Video (3.00)
COMS 518 Cultures of Globalization (3.00)
COMS 519 Communications and Indigenous Peoples (3.00)
COMS 521 Communication Technologies and Gender (3.00)
COMS 522 Perspectives on the Information Society (3.00)
COMS 523 Media Art and Aesthetics (3.00)
COMS 524 Alternative Media (3.00)
COMS 525 Media Forecast (3.00)
COMS 532 Communication, Culture and Popular Art (3.00)
COMS 533 Semiotics (3.00)
COMS 534 Advanced Topics in Film Studies (3.00)
COMS 535 Communications, Development and Colonialism (3.00)
COMS 537 Race, Ethnicity and Media (3.00)
COMS 538 Organizational Communication (3.00)
COMS 539 Political Communication (3.00)
COMS 540 Acoustic Communication and Design (3.00)
COMS 541 Sexuality and Public Discourse (3.00)
COMS 542 Advanced Topics in the Photographic Image (3.00)
COMS 543 Film Criticism (3.00)
COMS 544 Reception Studies (3.00)
COMS 545 Television Studies (3.00)
COMS 546 Rhetoric and Communication (3.00)
COMS 547 International Communication (3.00)
COMS 548 Media Policy in Canada (3.00)
COMS 553 Communication Ethics (3.00)
COMS 561 Communicative Performances and Interventions (3.00)
COMS 580 Selected Topics in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 583 Internship in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 585 Directed Study in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 586 Directed Study in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 598 Advanced Topics in Communication Studies (3.00)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  3. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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