Communication and New Media

McMaster University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
11396 CAD/year
4204 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Communication and New Media is an interdisciplinary field that examines the interplay between media, culture, and technology. It brings together communication and media research with research creation and media arts practice. This master program is offered the McMaster University. 


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 art and 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. The program prepares students for both further graduate education in the areas of communication, media and multimedia study, and for employment in a range of fields such as media production, media administration, communication policy, organizational communication, and the arts.

Areas of Research

  • Digital media & code art
  • Communications law and policy
  • Copyright history
  • Diasporic and international media
  • Critical approaches to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality
  • Television and radio studies

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Media, Gender and Performance
  • Media and Social Issues
  • New Media Studio Topics
  • Media, Discourse and Reality
  • Digital Media and Cultural Exchange
  • Technologies of Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
B+ (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the program will be on a full-time basis only, starting in September of the academic year
  • Admission to the M.A. degree program will normally require an Honours Bachelor’s degree (four-year degree) in a Communication Studies and/or Multimedia program, or its equivalent with a minimum grade point average of B+ (equivalent to a McMaster 8.5 GPA out of 12) in the last 10 one-term courses relevant to studies in communication and digital media
  • Students holding Honours Bachelor’s degrees (four-year degrees) from other disciplines in the humanities, the fine arts and the social sciences may also be considered

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5698 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4204 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2102 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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