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Communication and New Media, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
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. 

Overview

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B+
Recommended score: B+

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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