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Media Studies (MA)

Students stuying in the MA in Media Studies Graduate Program

Interdisciplinary formation and training in communication and media

Our MA is one of North America’s most competitive programs and has been for years. We provide students with an interdisciplinary formation and training in communication theory and media research methods including research-creation (practice-led research). 

Our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research initiatives and creations and this creates a vibrant and stimulating environment, where conferences, seminars, talks, screenings, and events enrich your experience.  

Our students are highly motivated with interests ranging from what’s hot on Tik Tok to communicating for a climate emergency. Take a look at theses and creative projects from previous years to see what an MA in Media Studies can offer you.

We measure the success of our program by the contributions and impact of our graduates. Many of our alumni are professionals in media and cultural industries or working in digital media, film, television, gaming, radio and the arts. Others continue their studies in doctoral programs in Canada and abroad. If you have questions about the program contact us or plan a visit.

Program overview

We offer four options for both full- and part-time studies:  

  1. thesis option that allows students to conduct a sustained research program  
  2. An innovative research-creation thesis option designed for media-makers to conduct research primarily via media production
  3. major research paper option that includes additional course work 
  4. course work only option for those who wish to carry out a program comprised solely of course work.

Our program is typically a two-year experience. To complete its requirements, you may choose one of four options. 

The Media Studies MA research creation option allowed me to pursue a practice-based research project that aligned with my dream of making videogames. The game I created as part of my research, Terra Nova, provided with the experience I needed to enter the games industry shortly after completing the program.

Maize Longboat, MA, Manager, Partner Relations at Unity Technologies 

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