M.A. in Communication Studies

Program Requirements (45 credits)

The Master's program requires a three-semester residency, the successful completion of a total of 7 courses (21 credits, including the proseminar course), and a thesis (equivalent to 24 credits).


The proseminar and five other courses must be taken during the first year. The seventh and remaining course may be taken the first year or during the Fall semester of the second year. Courses must be at the 500 level or above and will normally be chosen from those offered by the Program or by affiliated professors. Two courses may be taken outside of the Program or as directed readings and they must be approved by your advisor or the Graduate Director for Communication Studies. Students are encouraged to consider taking one of their courses in the graduate programs in Communications of other universities in Montreal.

Language requirement: more information.

MA students who have selected the Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies are required to take 6 credits (within the total credits that are required for the MA degree); WMST 601 (3 cr.) is a required course and the complementary course can be either WMST 602 or another 3 credit course related to gender and women's studies. All course selection must first be approved by the supervisor/graduate program director.

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M.A. Degree Timeline

This timeline assumes that you are registered as a full-time student. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.


Fall Semester

  • Proseminar (COMS 616)
  • Two courses
  • M.A. Thesis Prep I (COMS 692 - 6 credits)

Winter Semester

  • Three courses
  • M.A. Thesis Prep 2 (COMS 693 - 6 credits)

Note: An additional course may be taken during the Fall or Winter semesters.


Fall Semester

  • One course (if course work is not already completed)
  • M.A. Thesis Prep 3 (COMS 694 - 6 credits)
  • M.A. Thesis Prep 4 (COMS 695 - 6 credits)

Winter Semester

  • Completion and submission of thesis (If you would like to have your finished research paper bound and displayed in the department bookcase, please submit a hard copy along with a cheque for $35.00 (made out to McGill University) to the Graduate Program Coordinator.)

M.A. Degree Time Limit:

The time limit to complete a Master's degree is 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).