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Application Procedure

The deadline for submission of completed applications (including supporting documentation) for September entry into the M.A. program is January 22. NOTE: Students who have attended educational institutions outside North America must ensure that all transcripts are received at McMaster by January 1st to allow for internal McMaster processing prior to the January 22nd deadline. Students applying from outside Canada are also strongly encouraged to submit their application by January 1st to allow for longer mailing times and to permit us to follow up and ensure receipt of all application materials.  The online application system will open on November 15th for September admission. Application fees are not refundable.

Only completed applications (including supporting documentation) will be reviewed. Your application materials and supporting documents must be sent directly to the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia via email to the Graduate Administrator at  Please note that while some documents may be uploaded to the online application system, this is optional; you are still required to send them directly to this department. Please submit your application materials as PDF files in one email per the instructions listed below with the subject line “Last Name, First Name: Supporting Documents” (your name should be listed as it appears in your online application).  Alternatively, you may mail your application to the following address (DO NOT USE STAPLES):

Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia
c/o Graduate Administrative Assistant
Togo Salmon Hall 332
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON  L8S 4M2

Documents Required:

  • Application Fee (submitted during the online application process). This fee is non-refundable and must be paid in Canadian dollars by means of a credit or debit card payment.
  • Two (2) academic recommendations from instructors most familiar with your work, using Confidential Report Forms. Recommendations must be submitted directly via email from the referees to, even if provided via the online application system.  If submitting the references by postal mail or in person, please ensure that referees have signed across the seal of the envelope. NOTE: THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM WILL NOT PROMPT YOUR REFEREES TO SUBMIT REFERENCES UNTIL YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE YOUR REFERENCES ARE SUBMITTED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE, AND TO REQUEST THOSE LETTERS PERSONALLY, IN TIME FOR LETTERS TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE DEADLINE.  PLEASE REQUEST ALL LETTERS WELL BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
  • One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date (including undergraduate and graduate if applicable). Transcripts must be sent directly to the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia from the issuing institution.  If you have had the transcripts mailed to you, or you picked them up yourself from the issuing institution, they must come in a sealed envelope with the original university seal.  If the final transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, an official copy of your diploma is also required.
    Please submit your official sealed transcripts by mail to the address listed above.
  • A 500-word (two pages, double-spaced) statement of interest. The statement of interest plays an important role in our assessment of your application.  It is an opportunity to outline the Major Research Project (MRP) you propose to undertake and to present your theoretical interests, areas of critical or creative engagement, and your particular fields of emerging expertise.  Your statement of interest should include the following:
    • The MRP model you propose to produce:
      • a 40-page research paper, or
      • a digital media project with short paper;
    • The objectives of your critical or creative research, including the question, problem, or issue you are interested in addressing;
    • The critical debates, theoretical frameworks, creative models, artistic concepts, primary works, and/or methodological approaches that will inform your MRP;
    • One or more faculty members who you think might be suitable supervisors for your MRP;
    • A brief reflection upon activities or experiences relevant to your research and to contributing to an engaged and engaging Masters program (i.e. community engagement activities, knowledge mobilization activities, previous experience as a research assistant or teaching assistant);
    • Your motivations to pursue this program.
    • Important: please list the names of your two referees and their email addresses at the end of your statement. Please submit your statement of interest as a PDF file via e-mail to
  • A sample of your academic writing.You should submit a copy of an academic essay that you’ve written for an undergraduate course; the essay should demonstrate your writing abilities and your ideas. Ideally, it should be no longer than 10 pages double-spaced. Please submit your sample of writing as a PDF file via e-mail to
  • A sample of your multimedia work (if applicable). Students with a Multimedia background are strongly encouraged to submit a sample of their creative work. Please submit links to your samples of work in one PDF file to Alternatively, you may mail a sample of your work (on a CD or DVD, etc.) to the address listed above.
  • Evidence of competency in English: Applicants whose native language is not English 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 7.0 is required. Please submit your official score report by mail to the address listed above.

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