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Admission to the Program

The Ph.D. Degree Program normally entails four years of study. The admission requirement is a completed M.A., M.Sc., M.F.A., or Master of Communication Management (M.C.M.) degree in a relevant field (e.g. Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, New Media). We also welcome applications from students with a Master’s degree in a related field (e.g. Music, Digital Humanities, Visual Culture, Visual and Fine Arts, Sociology, Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, English, Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Studies, etc.) who have focussed on research germane to the program, and can demonstrate, in their letters of application, how their graduate work to date has prepared them for a Ph.D. in Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies. While students must have expertise in at least one of New Media, Communication, or Cultural Studies, the committee will look particularly favourably on students who have demonstrated fluency in two or more program areas. A successful applicant from an MA program with a coursework component will have grades of at least A- in two-thirds of their courses. Students whose training has not included graded coursework are encouraged to submit a dossier of work completed during their Master’s program.

English Language Requirements

For applicants who do not hold a post-secondary degree from a program whose language of instruction was English, you will be required to provide an official record of the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computerized test, and 100 on the Internet-based test is required. If you are submitting the IELTS test, a score of 7 is required.