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Communication (PhD)

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Doctorate (PhD)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
4 years
90 credits
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Program overview

The PhD in Communication provides students with advanced training in media and cultural analysis. Communication academics pursue a range of different inquiries at the crossroads of humanities and social science research. Our faculty members are scholars, artists, and media-makers who have extensive experience in graduate supervision and who have published award-winning books and articles in internationally leading journals, as well as producing innovative projects in time-based media and other non-textual formats. You will study areas as varied as game studies, representations of gender and race, digital media, feminist media studies, and research-creation. You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of research projects and benefit from Montreal’s fertile media arts environment.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Communication Studies Courses page for course descriptions.

Communication PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

COMS 800 Integrative Seminar (3.00)
COMS 835 Doctoral Pro-Seminar (3.00)

12credits chosen from Communication PhD Electives


COMS 815 Doctoral Examination (3.00)



COMS 890 Doctoral Thesis Proposal (6.00)



COMS 896 Doctoral Thesis Research (63.00)

Communication PhD Electives (12 credits)

COMS 805 Research Workshop (3.00)
COMS 822 Advanced Seminar in Research Methods I (3.00)
COMS 823 Advanced Seminar in Research Methods II (3.00)
COMS 841 Cultural Industries (3.00)
COMS 842 Media Reception (3.00)
COMS 843 Communication Policy (3.00)
COMS 844 Uses of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (3.00)
COMS 851 Speech Communication (3.00)
COMS 853 Discourse and Representation (3.00)
COMS 854 Discourse within Social Formations (3.00)
COMS 861 Organizational Culture (3.00)
COMS 864 Communication and Change in Organizations (3.00)
COMS 873 Identities and Cultural Exchange (3.00)
COMS 874 Globalization of Communication (3.00)
COMS 875 Technology and Organization (3.00)
COMS 876 Media Technology as Practice (3.00)
COMS 877 International Communication and Development (3.00)
COMS 878 Communication, Conflict and Peace (3.00)
COMS 879 Human-Computer Interactions (3.00)
COMS 880 Communication Networks and Organization (3.00)
COMS 882 Communication, Democracy and Power (3.00)
COMS 883 History and Historiography of Media and Culture (3.00)
COMS 884 Cultural Theory in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 885 Popular Culture (3.00)
COMS 886 Alternative Media (3.00)
COMS 887 Strategies and Styles in Communication (3.00)
COMS 888 Discourses of the Body (3.00)
COMS 889 Theories of Organizational Communication (3.00)
COMS 891 Communication Technologies and Society (3.00)
COMS 892 Epistemology and Methodology of Media Creation (3.00)
COMS 893 Advanced Seminar in Special Topics in the PhD in Communication (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • MA in Communication or its equivalent.
  • A thoroughly articulated research project outline.
  • 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.
  • Language Requirements. Applicants should have a level of competence that would allow them to read technical material and follow lectures and discussions in English. Students may participate in discussions, write reports, examinations and theses in English or French, as they choose.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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