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Communication Studies (MA)

Communication Studies (MA)

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Our Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Studies program seeks students with open minds to explore new approaches to media, communication, and culture in a challenging, rewarding, and supportive environment. Exploring the interplay of power and communication, our program provides advanced training in core theories and methodologies in communication studies and critically engages contemporary research themes in the discipline.

Our program is animated by interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in areas such as alternative media, cultural and creative industries, digital cultures, global media, health communication, media history, mobilities, popular music, social media, visual communication, and beyond.

We offer small class sizes, passionate teachers, careful mentors, competitive funding, and excellent professional development opportunities, including a co-op option. Our graduates are our program’s success stories. They pursue doctoral degrees and launch meaningful professional communication careers in a variety of public-sector, non-profit, and private-sector organizations.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

Contact Us:

Jeremy Hunsinger, Graduate Coordinator


General Inquiries

T: 519.884.0710 x2806


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis are entitled to one year of funding totalling, on average, $14,500. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

  • Our program is the only program in Canada to offer specialization in visual communication and culture.
  • A second area of emphasis in media, technology and culture ensures you’ll receive a rigorous foundation in the critical analysis of a wide variety of communication media.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (honours) degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum B+ in your undergraduate major program of study and a B+ overall for your last two years of study.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.


Our graduates have gone on to work in education, public relations and communications. Examples of jobs held by our graduates include:

  • health marketing communications specialist
  • social content strategist
  • product content copywriter
  • communication and education manager
  • marketing and communications coordinator

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