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Master of Arts
The School of Communication has an international reputation for its critical scholarship on urgent social and political problems affecting contemporary societies, locally and globally. With rapidly changing communication systems, media and practices, we offer graduate students rigorous training in the critical foundation of communication theory, political economy, policy, the study of culture and media, and technology and data studies. Committed to social justice and innovative collaborations with NGOs, social movements, community groups, government, industry, cultural institutions, policy makers, artists and media producers, our programs offer graduate students the opportunity to work with faculty members who are leaders in the field. Our programs emphasize learning through direct engagement, whether through faculty-led projects, our media and soundscape laboratories, community collaborations, or participating in ongoing public seminars, public talks and annual conferences. Our graduates have gone on to successfully pursue careers in academia, government, NGOs, cultural institutions, communication industries and the media.
Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in Graduate Admissions
The School of Communication’s Graduate Program Committee recognizes the academy’s historical entanglement with colonial power, including its contribution to hegemonic knowledge and cultural production, which has legitimized dominant forms of knowledge at the expense of others.
We acknowledge that these expressions of power often contribute to harm experienced by Indigenous communities and many other groups who have been immiserated, subjugated, and marginalized in order to uphold colonial power relations.
In consideration of this history, we are committed to addressing historical injustice by centering the lived experiences of difference of people who have been absented from or denied access to education and by respecting approaches to knowledge that have been unduly delegitimated within academic institutions.
We encourage applications from members of underrepresented or marginalized groups, from anyone experiencing barriers to education and from those who propose innovative or experimental approaches to knowledge production, dissemination, and engagement.
Prospective applicants who do not meet SFU’s standard graduate admission requirements, but who possess significant experience or expertise related to their proposed research area, should contact the School’s Graduate Program Coordinator or a faculty member working in their area to determine whether our graduate program may be a good fit for their proposed research.