Wilfrid Laurier University MA program

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016 (for first consideration)

The Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University welcomes applications to its M.A. program. Exploring the interplay of power and communication, our M.A. program provides advanced training in core theories and methodologies in communication studies and critically engages contemporary research themes in the discipline. The 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, and visual communication.

Students in the one-year, full-time program typically take three courses in the Fall and Winter terms and complete a Major Research Paper in the Spring/Summer.

All applicants are considered for an entrance scholarship, and M.A. students are employed as Teaching Assistants in undergraduate Communication Studies courses. Students also have the opportunity to work as Research Assistants to funded faculty members. Students who hold a major external award (e.g., SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship) are eligible for additional scholarship funding.

Based in a growing department, the M.A. program in Communication Studies is offered at Laurier’s campus in Waterloo, Ontario, a university-oriented region with a thriving media technology sector.

Graduates have pursued doctoral studies and launched professional communication careers in a variety of private, public sector, and non-profit organizations. Read about some of our graduates here.

Further information

Program website


Greig de Peuter
Graduate Program Coordinator

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Courses for 2016-17

Network Cultures
Critical Discourse Analysis
Visual Communication and Culture
Communication Studies Research Methods
Graduate Seminar in Communication Studies

Graduate faculty

Alexandra Boutros (Ph.D., McGill University)
critical race theory, digital technology, transnationalism and diaspora, religion and media

Greig de Peuter (Ph.D., Simon Fraser University)
political economy, labour, cultural and creative industries, video games

Jonathan Finn (Ph.D., University of Rochester)
visual communication and culture, visual evidence, sport studies

Jenna Hennebry (Ph.D., University of Western Ontario)
international migration, mobility, globalization, transnationalism, human rights

Andrew Herman (Ph.D., Boston College)
materialist mobile media/internet studies/methodologies

Paul Heyer (Ph.D., Rutgers University)
media history (film, radio, television), nonverbal communication

Jeremy Hunsinger (Ph.D., Virginia Tech)
internet studies, virtual worlds, digital games, technology studies, interpretive methods

Penelope Ironstone (Ph.D., York University)
risk/health communication, gender/queer media, cultural theory

Barbara Jenkins (Ph.D., Yale University)
political economy, visual culture, cultural policy, museums

Anne-Marie Kinahan (Ph.D., Carleton University)
visual communication, print culture, communication history, feminism

Alex Levant (Ph.D., York University)
media and cultural theory, future technologies, globalization, collective memory, social movements

Jade Miller (Ph.D., University of Southern California)
global media, media industries, urban studies, political economy

Martin Morris (Ph.D., York University)
communications thought, social and political theory, popular culture

Judith Nicholson (Ph.D., Concordia University)
mobilities, race and media, human-animal studies

Herbert Pimlott (Ph.D., Goldsmiths College, University of London)
alternative media, cultural politics, public communication

Nathan Rambukkana (Ph.D., Concordia University)
discourse analysis, digital intimacies, critical race theory, the public sphere, hybridity

Ian Roderick (Ph.D., Monash University)
visual communication, technology, semiotics, sociolinguistics

Peter Urquhart (Ph.D., McGill University)
television, film, media history, visual communication