University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Programs
Field of Study:Mass Communication/Media Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,685


The PhD in Communication program is designed for students with academic and professional training. The program is bilingual (French-English) and is offered full time. The program focuses on two fields of research: media studies and organizational communication. The media studies field examines the content and the modes of operation of traditional and emerging media in their social, cultural, economical, political and regulatory contexts. This program is bilingual: students must take courses in English and courses in French. The program's structure is such that 50% of courses are offered in English and 50% in French.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    The Applicant must hold a master’s degree with thesis or research paper in communication, or in a related discipline; have obtained a minimum average of 75% (B+) calculated according to the FGPS guidelines; provide two confidential letters of recommendation; provide a CV and a statement of interest outlining career goals; provide the name of at least one faculty member of the program whose research interests match their own; and provide an outline of the proposed research project. Candidates with a master’s degree in a field related to communication and who have not taken any basic course in communication (i.e. theory or research) will have to fill this gap by completing one or two (undergraduate or master’s) courses prior to admission. To find out which courses to take, applicants should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication.

    Students enrolled in the MA program in Communication at the University of Ottawa have the opportunity to go directly to the PhD program without having to write the thesis provided the following conditions are met: Have an average of A- in the last two years of undergraduate studies; Have successfully completed four courses of the MA program (12 credits) with an average of at least A-;
    Have shown satisfactory progress in their research; Have a letter of recommendation from the proposed doctoral thesis supervisor; Have the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Communication.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 625] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 107]
    Application Notes : An average score of 5 in listening/reading and a writing score of 4.5 in the CanTEST (for English) or TESTCan (for French), administered by the University of Ottawa.
    A minimum DALF (Diplôme approfondie de langue française) score C2.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 13, 2022