The majority of graduate programs are NOT impacted by recent government announcements about tuition increases.

PhD students from the rest of Canada will continue to pay Quebec fees.
International PhD fees will see the same 3% increase as Quebec fees.

Communication Studies (M.A.)

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Studies (Thesis) offered by the Department of Art History & Communications in the Faculty of Arts is a research-intensive program that emphasizes intensive and comprehensive learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical thinking, data collection, and academic writing to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

The program may also be taken as a Gender and Women's Studies option where students pursue coursework focusing on gender and women's studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. The thesis must be on a topic centrally related to gender and/or women's studies.

Unique Program Features

  • The program offers a balance of humanities and social sciences approaches to the analysis of communications, and its orientation is primarily qualitative (rather than quantitative) in nature;
  • Students benefit from the resources and activities of Media @ McGill, a hub of research and public outreach on critical issues in media, culture, and emerging technology;
  • The Department has trained some of Canada's leading communications scholars.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MA in Communication Studies website

Department Contact

Graduate Program graduate.ahcs [at] (subject: MA%20in%20Communication%20Studies%20(Thesis)) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 January 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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