Earn a PhD with @gruzd & @SMLabTO in #Toronto via Ryerson ComCult PhD Program (Applications Open for 2019-20)

Are you curious about social media research? Interested in studying privacy, misinformation, social movements or antisocial behavior on social media? Attend the annual Future Communications Graduate Student Open House on Friday, December 7, 2018 in Toronto.

Ryerson University is now accepting applications for PhD students for Fall 2019 for the York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture (ComCult). (The First Consideration deadline is January 21, 2019 and our Open House is on December 7, 2018.)

About the Program:

The ComCult program is a unique partnership between Ryerson and York. It combines expertise and opportunities for advanced study of media and cultural technologies, as well as communications politics in practice and theory. Students undertake critical analysis of current Canadian and international communication trends – key to understanding contemporary cultural forces. The program offers students opportunities to pursue their coursework and research in the following areas of study:

  • Media and Culture (eg…Organizational Social Media Use: adoption trends, data use & misuse, predicting engagement, ROI, and data analytics)
  • Politics and Policy (eg…social movements, online activism, elections, political bots, privacy concerns, misinformation and antisocial behavior,)
  • Technology in Practice (eg…Social Media impact of various online communities and communities of practice)

With access to both universities, our students take advantage of some of the best academic and creative resources available at any Canadian university, including media production facilities, archival collections, on-line and library resources and the many collections, institutions, and creative industries in the Greater Toronto Area.

More than 130 faculty from across both York and Ryerson, including Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd, Canada Research Chair is Social Media Data Stewardship and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management, are eligible to teach and supervise in the program with links to dozens of leading labs and research centres.

Funding Info:

The program offer competitive funding packages, teaching and research assistant work opportunities and strong support for external scholarship application success. There are for-credit field placement options as well as opportunities to conduct scholarly research creation and creative project-based work.

Students with questions about the program or application should first consult the program’s website and are welcome to contact Dr. Gruzd <gruzd@ryerson.ca>.

Open House:

The program will be hosting an open house as part of our annual Future Communications graduate student conference, on Friday, December 7, 2018. Any applicants or interested students are invited to attend all or part of the day, including the morning sessions at York and the evening keynote and reception at Ryerson.  There will be many opportunities to chat with faculty and current students and get a sense of the work that is being done in the program and of the ComCult experience.