McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
Gilmour Hall 212
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4L8

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Communication and Media Studies, Other
Description The M.A. program in Communication and New Media at McMaster University offers the opportunity for students 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 in this interdisciplinary program (such as media studies, discourse analysis, performance studies, audio and video art, audience studies, computer-mediated methodologies). Students entering the program from undergraduate Communication Studies and/or Multimedia programs will all share a background in critical and creative approaches to conventional and new media, but they will also bring a spectrum of interests, reflecting the diversity of these fields, that will contribute to a vibrant interchange of ideas. This program will cultivate their intellectual development through coursework, a major research project, and extracurricular activities.
Website: Communication and New Media (M.A.) at McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies
Length: 1 Year(s)
Cost per year:

Provincial: $7,008.00
National: $7,008.00

Cost per year is based on the 2017-2018 academic year, and represents tuition cost for three semesters. Mandatory supplementary fees are not included. Please see website for complete cost breakdown.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 250] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7]

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.

Additional Admission Requirements:

    The M.A. in Communication and New Media will normally require an Honours Bachelor’s degree (four-year degree) in a Communication Studies and/or Multimedia program, or its equivalent. Applicants must also have a minimum grade point average of B+ (equivalent to a McMaster 9 GPA out of 12) in the last 10 one-term courses they have taken that are relevant to studies in communication and digital media. Students holding Honours Bachelor’s degrees (four-year degrees) from other disciplines including – but not limited to – linguistics, cultural studies, fine art and the social sciences may also be considered, if they can demonstrate sufficient training in Communication Studies and Multimedia in order to undertake studies at the graduate level.