30 months
12550 CAD/year
2870 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Cinema & Media Studies MA program at York University immerses students in a two-year program of study that nurtures students’ academic and professional goals. A wide range of required and elective courses enhances the range and depth of students’ skills and knowledge.


This humanities-based Cinema & Media Studies MA program at York University will help students to acquire comprehensive knowledge of cinema and media theory, history, and criticism. Along with developing essential research and teaching skills, students will participate in the rich research culture of the University and develop a doctoral dissertation that will make a significant contribution to the discipline. Research, teaching, participation in international colloquia, as well as publishing and other forms of professional academic development are key components of this rigorous minimum four-year degree.

Choose York:

  • Our tradition: York’s Graduate Program in Film was the first of its kind in Canada.
  • Eleven full time core Cinema & Media Studies faculty members, including two Canada Research Chairs. In addition, 12 full-time faculty teaching Production & Screenwriting make our MFA program the most innovative in Canada.
  • The Sound and Moving Image Library at York is one of the largest in Canada
  • Scott Library features excellent print and electronic resources in cinema and media studies
  • York’s Clara Thomas Archives includes numerous film-related collections
  • York Film faculty run respected journals CineAction and Public: Art/Culture/Ideas
  • York’s teaching and graduate assistants are the best paid in Canada and York offers generous admission and continuing student scholarships.
  • Toronto is the film capital of English Canada, home to more than 100 film festivals cinematheques, film and video archives, distributors, resource centers and film industry personnel and studios.
  • Many visiting filmmakers, scholars, and artists present film and lectures at York and in the greater Toronto area.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods and Research in Cinema and Media Studies
  • Contemporary Cinema and Media Theory
  • Documentary Personalities: Werner Herzog and Errol Morris 
  • Future Cinema
  • Selected Topics in History & Criticism: Chinese Cinema

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Thesis proposal (500 words)
  • Statement of interest (500 words)
  • Resumé or CV, including a list of courses you have taken in film and related disciplines (e.g. theatre, visual arts, cultural studies, communications) and the grades that you received.
  • Two scholarly essays (max. 7,500 words) with an indication of the course(s) for which the sample was written.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12550 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6275 CAD per semester during 30 months.
  • National

    2870 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1435 CAD per semester during 30 months.

Part time tuition fees:

  • National students - $717
  • International students - $3137

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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