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, media studies and science and technology. 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 gain experience not only through their own fieldwork, but also through faculty-lead research projects, media and soundscape laboratories, community collaborations, ongoing public seminars and annual conferences.

Areas of research we support in our graduate programs include:

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

Contacts – MA & PhD (Communication)

Kirsten McAllister, Graduate Program Chair: 778-782-6917 /

Jason Congdon, MA & PhD Program Coordinator: 778-782-3595 /


Contacts – MA Double Degree Program (Global Communication)

Adel Iskandar, Co-director, MA Double Degree Program: 778-782-4916 /

Yuezhi Zhao, Co-director, MA Double Degree Program: 778-782-5160 /

Dora Lau, MA Double Degree Program Coordinator: 778-782-9697 /