Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

This thesis-based degree is designed for you to pursue a research or scholarly career. Some of our focus areas include: animation studies, Canadian cinema, communication infrastructure, digital media and social movements, internet policy, rhetoric studies, and visual culture studies. We encourage you to develop your own unique programs of study that reach beyond traditional topics and discipline boundaries.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

You're expected to complete the PhD degree in four years of full-time study

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), thesis-based

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD Program in Communication and Media Studies offers you opportunities to pursue your research interests in such fields as critical media studies, policy and surveillance, feminist media studies, media history, and film and visual culture, among others.

What is thesis-based study?

Pursue independent research guided by a supervisor who shares your research interests. If you want to advance your knowledge or expand your expertise in a specific field or research area, our thesis-based programs are for you.

What is a supervisor?

A supervisor is a faculty member who oversees your research and the development of your thesis.

Admission requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Graduate programs in Communication and Media Studies also have the following requirements:

PhD degree admission requirements

  • A degree comparable to the University of Calgary Communication and Media Studies Master of Arts with a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale

Acceptance to graduate programs at the University of Calgary is competitive. Success in meeting our minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to the MA program.

English language proficiency

Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs at the University of Calgary.


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