Graduate Studies in Communication

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.

MA in Communication

Fall 2018 Deadline: Closed
Fall 2019 Applications: Accepted October 1 2018 - January 3, 2019

MA Double Degree in Global Communication

Fall 2019 Applications: Accepted October 1 2018 - February 15, 2019

PhD Communication

Fall 2018 Deadline: Closed
Fall 2019 Applications: Accepted October 1 2018 - January 3, 2019

Asian Media Systems
Big Data
Critical Communication Theory
Emergency Communication
Environmental Communication
Film and Documentary Studies
Indigenous Media Studies
Labour in the Media and Communication Industries
Memory and Museum Studies
Middle Eastern Cultural Studies
Migration, diaspora, and critical race studies

Policy Studies
Political Communication and News Media
Political Economy
Social campaigns
Social Media, Gaming
Social Movements and Revolutions
Sociology of Art
Sound Studies and Soundscape Research
Technology and Society
Visual Studies
Youth Studies


MA & PhD (Communication)

Kirsten McAllister, Graduate Program Chair

Jason Congdon, MA & PhD Program Coordinator


MA Double Degree Program (Global Communication)

Adel Iskandar, Co-director, MA Double Degree Program

Yuezhi Zhao, Co-director, MA Double Degree Program

Dora Lau, MA Double Degree Program Manager