About Program Admission Requirements

Communication Studies looks at how people gather, share, and use information, bringing together elements of the social sciences and the humanities under one central concern: the study of humans' communicative capacities. You'll examine the theoretical and historical foundations of media, theories of communication processes and the relationship between social, political and economic changes and developments in the communications field. You'll also explore the expanding world of interactive telecommunication networks and new media.

The Department of Communication Studies is one of the most quickly growing departments at York University.

If you're interested in studying radio, film, television, the print media or corporate communications, or if you're a fan of popular culture and current affairs, consider York's popular Communication Studies program.

Possible areas of concentration include:

  • Media
  • Culture & Society
  • Politics & Policy
  • Interpersonal & Organization Communication
  • Critical Technology Studies

Highlights of the Communication Studies program at York:

  • Our professors are engaged in exciting research in areas such as popular culture and media, e-learning and film.
  • You will have the opportunity to pursue an internship with a well-known communications company, a cultural institution or a public media site through our fourth-year field experience course.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to Communications
  • Humanities or Social Science general education course
  • introductory course in a second major or minor or a course outside the major
  • Natural Science general education course
  • elective courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • public relations specialist
  • corporate communications specialist
  • media analyst
  • public opinion researcher
  • media educator

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.