Master of Arts

The School of Communication has an international reputation for critical scholarship on urgent social and political problems affecting contemporary societies, locally and globally. Our programs 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. We emphasize learning through direct engagement, whether through faculty-led projects, our media and soundscape laboratories, community collaborations, and 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.

Research Excellence

master of arts | academia | communication

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.

Fall 2022 applications open in October 2021 with a deadline of January 5, 2022.

Admissions

Work with Research Excellence

Fredrik Lesage

Expertise:  Cultural and creative organizations, software studies, digital infrastructure, co-creative work, new media

Karrmen Crey

Expertise:  Indigenous Media (film, television etc), indigenous cultural production and representation

Expertise: Ethnic media, media representation, media representation of Muslims/the Middle East, multiculturalism policy, political communication

Milena Droumeva

Expertise: Soundscapes, urban design/liveability, gender and media, gender and gaming, sonification

Stuart Poyntz

Expertise: Digital media, youth, public sphere, children and media culture

Meet our Alumni

Andrew Frank, MA

Communication Consultant and Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

"I chose the Communication MA program because it had an excellent reputation and faculty who were leading scholars in the areas I was interested in studying. I was focused on environmental communication; and public engagement and communication around climate change in particular. The diversity of faculty means you have a good chance of finding an advisor who is working in the area you're studying.

“Studying graduate communications, and environmental communication in particular, opened the door to teaching for me at the undergraduate level which was a long-held goal, and also enhanced my knowledge, skills, and credibility as a communications consultant."

Areas of Research

Data and Technology Studies

  • Big Data
  • Cyberwars
  • Genomics
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Algorithmic cultures
  • Software Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies

Media and Culture

  • Documentary Media Studies and community-based media and art
  • Indigenous Media Studies
  • Intersectional Feminist & Queer Media Studies
  • Memory and Museum Studies
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Cultural Studies
  • Migration, diaspora, and critical race studies
  • Social Media, Gaming and Popular Culture
  • Sound Studies and Soundscape Research 
  • Visual Studies and Sensory media

Political Economy

  • Media campaigns 
  • Social Movements and Revolutions
  • Environmental Communication Studies
  • Emergency Communication
  • Critical Communication Theory
  • Political Communication, News Media and Journalism Studies
  • Labour in the Media and Communication Industries

Communication and Cultural Governance

  • International perspectives in Communication Governance 
  • Communication Policy, Law and Regulation
  • Communication Rights 
  • Platform Governance
  • Local to Global Cultural Policies

Jason Congdon

Graduate Program Coordinator 
(MA and PhD)

T: 778-782-3595
E: gradcmns@sfu.ca
Room: K9669