Graduate Programs

MA Media, Gender and Social Justice at the University of Leicester

The School of Media, Communication, and Sociology at the University of Leicester welcomes applications to its interdisciplinary Master’s program in Media, Gender, and Social Justice. The first of its kind in the UK, this one-year program offers students the opportunity to critically examine and practically apply theories, concepts, and approaches related to the use of media and communication for addressing inequalities and engaging in social justice work.

More information for Canadian students at Leicester

Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary

The graduate program in communication and media studies in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary is now accepting applications from prospective MA and PhD students.

Their program offers opportunities for interdisciplinary media and communications studies research across several areas, including:

-Digital media cultures, platforms, & politics

-Environmental media

-Feminist media studies

-Film and visual cultures

-Health communication

-Media histories

-Telecommunications policy

They also have several exciting research initiatives launching, including the Environmental Media Lab ( and a research cluster devoted to developing feminist media studies in Canada. Our department includes over twenty faculty members who currently hold funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and other smaller funding schemes.   

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McMaster University

The MA Program in Communication and New Media at McMaster University is now accepting applications. This interdisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to gain experience in independent communication studies research and/or multimedia design at the graduate level, while developing advanced knowledge in communication theories and methodologies, and cultivating their interest in one or more subspecialties such as discourse analysis, gender and technology, performance studies, audio and video art, international communication, audience studies, computer-mediated methodologies, and youth and new media.

Media Studies @ Western University

The Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University provides critical, contemporary Media Studies programs at the Masters and PhD level. Our students are encouraged to critically examine the industries that produce information, news, and entertainment; the cultures associated with them; and the technologies through which they are distributed and stored. The two-year Master of Arts and four-year PhD programs support a diverse range of approaches and modalities of inquiry.

A limited number of spaces are available for competitive applicants in our Media Studies programs. Applicants must provide transcripts from each of their post-secondary institutions, a sample of academic writing, a personal statement of objectives and/or a program of study, and two academic reference letters. Generous funding packages are available for both our Masters and PhD students. 

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York University

MA and PhD in Cinema and Media Studies - York University
Applications are invited to the MA and PhD programs in Cinema and Media Studies (CMS) at York University. Cinema and Media Studies at York University offers students a comprehensive and rigorous immersion in the study of the moving image in all its forms, both historical and contemporary. Building on York’s longstanding commitment to deliver innovative and interdisciplinary post-graduate training, the program offers a curriculum that encourages rich and dynamic synergies between creative and scholarly research with a unique focus on social justice, diversity, equity and sustainability. For more information, visit

CORO Fellowship Program

The CORO Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month, full-time, graduate-level program that prepares early career professionals for effective and ethical leadership to serve the common good. Fellows gain real job experience on project assignments in five organizations and in a variety of sectors – government, business, labor, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations. Utilizing these urban experiences as a classroom, CORO Fellows gain hands-on experience to better understand complex public issues, organizations, and people. In weekly seminars, the 12 Fellows develop high-level skills in self-awareness, group dynamics, critical thinking and decision-making. Fellows also benefit from a national alumni network of over 10,000 whose members include influential leaders from all sectors. Visit or email for more information.

University of Westminster

The Centre for Social Media Research in the Communication and Media Research Institute is offering a master's program in Social Media, Culture & Society. Students will have the opportunity to study social media in many contexts, such as societal, political, regulatory, industrial, and cultural. Studies are addressed through qualitative and theoretical research in combination with practice-based and creative approaches that use digital and social media for studying these media implications for culture and society. The program is both full-time (one year) and part-time (two years).

Southern Illinois University

The College of Mass Communication and Media Arts (MCMA) at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale offers four interdisciplinary college-wide degrees: the PhD in Mass Communication and Media Arts; the MFA in Media Arts; the MA in Media Theory and Research; and the MS in Professional Media and Media Management Studies (a.k.a. PMMM). For information, visit

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is offering a master's degree program in Media and Global Communications (MGC). MGC is a full-time, two-year program with explicit theoretical emphasis. The degree requirements are based on lecture courses. Our teachers are renowned international and Finnish lecturers. As the student of the program, you will develop advanced knowledge of the current and emerging trends within the field, and analyze their impact on the political, economic, social and cultural spheres in the context of globalization. The MGC program will prepare you for academic research and a wide range of media careers. Apply for one of the most popular international master's degree programs of the University of Helsinki.

Please read and carefully follow the instructions on the application process, including the country specific requirements, by the University Admissions Finland.

Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema

The Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is located at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Feirstein is the only public graduate school in the nation seamlessly integrated into a working film lot and the first public graduate school of cinema in New York City. Degrees offered include an M.A. in Cinema Studies and M.F.A. in Cinema Arts, with course emphasis on producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, and post-production. An additional program in Digital Arts will open in Fall 2016.

Concordia University, Montreal

Concordia University, Montreal's MA in Journalism Studies is aimed at students interested in acquiring the theoretical foundation and methodological skills necessary to conduct Computational Media Design (CMD) Graduate Program scholarly research in the field of journalism studies. Unique in Canada, it is a research-oriented program, designed with two kinds of student in mind: those interested in the scholarly study of journalism and wish to produce scholarly work, perhaps with the intention of continuing on to doctoral study; and mid-career journalists interested in familiarizing themselves with the scholarly literature in this field and in pursuing a specific research project.

Ryerson University

The Master of Professional Communication (MPC) is a full-time, one-year intensive program that combines academic rigor and professional skill development through a combination of coursework, an internship, and a Master’s Research Paper. The MPC program is suited for current communication professionals who are looking to expand their skill set and gain credentials, current practitioners and professionals who wish to take on more of their organization’s communication responsibility, and recent university graduates who want to develop their professional communication skill set.

Simon Fraiser University

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications to their MA & PhD programs. The programs offer exciting opportunities for pursuing communication research. Simon Fraser University, based in Vancouver and Burnaby, BC, provides a thriving intellectual environment and community. Graduate students are engaged in critical, cutting-edge research in fields including media and culture, politics and political economy, science, technology and society, and global communication. The School's dynamism is reflected in its newest program, the Global Communication Double MA Degree, offered in partnership with the Communication University of China. Students in this two-year program earn two graduate degrees, spending one year at SFU in Vancouver, and one year at CUC in Beijing.

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

The Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University's M.A. program combines advanced training in core perspectives in communication studies with critical engagement in contemporary research themes. Their interdisciplinary faculty members are established and emerging researchers in their areas of specialization, conducting research on topics such as mobile and social media, visual communication, media history, Internet studies, transnationalism, cultural policy, alternative media, and creative industries.