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Media Studies MA

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in communication (or equivalent in a cognate area) with a minimum of 3.00 GPA.
  • Experience in media or a media-related field is an asset.
  • 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

Qualified applicants requiring prerequisite courses may be required to take up to 12 credits in addition to and as part of the regular graduate program. Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation are normally required to take qualifying course(s) as deemed appropriate by the program. Credits allowed for previous graduate work must be determined by the department and the university prior to entry to the program.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Communication Studies Courses page for course descriptions.

Media Studies MA Thesis (Option I)

12

credits of Required Courses:

COMS 600 Communication Theory (3.00)
COMS 605 Media Research Methods I (3.00)
COMS 610 Media Studies Seminar (3.00)
COMS 694 Thesis/Research-Creation Thesis Proposal (3.00)

12credits of Elective Courses chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and approved by the department’s graduate studies committee. If approved by the department’s graduate studies committee, and with the permission of the department concerned, up to 3 of these credits may be taken in cognate graduate courses offered by other departments in the university.
21

credits:

COMS 695 Thesis (21.00)

Media Studies MA Courses (Option II)

9

credits of Required Courses:

COMS 600 Communication Theory (3.00)
COMS 605 Media Research Methods I (3.00)
COMS 610 Media Studies Seminar (3.00)

36credits of Elective Courses chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and approved by the department’s graduate studies committee. If approved by the department’s graduate studies committee, and with the permission of the department concerned, up to 9 of these credits may be taken in cognate graduate courses offered by other departments in the university.

Media Studies MA Research-Creation Thesis (Option III)

12

credits of Required Courses:

COMS 600 Communication Theory (3.00)
COMS 605 Media Research Methods I (3.00)
COMS 610 Media Studies Seminar (3.00)
COMS 694 Thesis/Research-Creation Thesis Proposal (3.00)

12credits of Elective Courses chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and approved by the department’s graduate studies committee. If approved by the department’s graduate studies committee, and with the permission of the department concerned, up to 3 of these credits may be taken in cognate graduate courses offered by other departments in the university.
21

credits:

COMS 697 Research-Creation Thesis (21.00)

Media Studies MA Major Research Paper (Option IV)

9

credits of Required Courses:

COMS 600 Communication Theory (3.00)
COMS 605 Media Research Methods I (3.00)
COMS 610 Media Studies Seminar (3.00)

21credits of Elective Courses chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and approved by the department’s graduate studies committee. If approved by the department’s graduate studies committee, and with the permission of the department concerned, up to 9 of these credits may be taken in cognate graduate courses offered by other departments in the university.
15

credits:

COMS 698 Major Research Paper (15.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

Students may enter one of the four options Media Studies MA Thesis (Option I) , Media Studies MA (Option II) , Media Studies MA Research-Creation Thesis (Option III) or Major Research Paper (Option IV) . Students elect an option after their first term of study with permission of the program director. The Media Studies MA Research-Creation Thesis (Option III) is restricted to students with adequate and appropriate media experience. The program does not provide media training.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limit Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have completed all program requirements and attained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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