Our faculty consider communication to be a contested concept that is shaped by different intellectual traditions, societal contexts, and historical developments. We encourage our students to embrace interdisciplinarity and expand the existing horizons of the field in their research. Our faculty and graduate students strive to produce imaginative, reflexive, and critical studies of communication that deepen knowledge, expand horizons, and respond to significant societal concerns. This requires a collegial and supportive environment, which we work to achieve with every new cohort of PhD students. Providing effective mentorship and professional development opportunities are crucial to our success as a program.

A collaborative Specialization in Political Economy is also available.

Capital Advantage

We are uniquely positioned in the nation’s capital to give you ready access to key national cultural institutions such as the Museum of Civilization or the Canadian War Museum, to policy players such as the CRTC or the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, to the political communications arena including members of Parliament, the federal public service, and a large NGO community. Every media and cultural industry has an office in Ottawa.

Fields of Specialization

  • Crisis and Risk
  • Visual Culture
  • Big Data
  • Digital Media
  • Activism and Social Movements
  • Media Industries
  • Political Economy
  • Identity

Program Information

Length: 5 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: February 1

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Contact: Graduate Supervisor – rena.bivens@carleton.ca

Pathway Options: Thesis

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