Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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The PhD Program

The Cultural Studies PhD program is a highly flexible, customizable, advanced academic degree designed to accommodate a wide range of student needs. The Cultural Studies PhD program is one of the largest in the university.

Applications are now being accepted for admission in September 2019.

Key Features

  • Students can opt to pursue a traditional thesis-based PhD, or carry out a community-basedresearch-creation, or portfolio PhD project that can be presented in a variety of media formats
  • The program is designed to be completed in four years; students take one year of courses, complete their qualifying exams, and then spend two to three years completing their thesis or project (refer to PhD Guidelines)
  • All students receive a minimum funding guarantee of $20,000 per year for four years with additional funding available for conference travel, research travel, and project or portfolio research
  • Students range in age from 25 to 70 and come from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds
  • Graduates of the program typically go on to careers in academic settings (visit our Alumni Profiles page)

Research Strengths

The main strength of the PhD program is that students typically work with a committee of three faculty from different departments. This allows students to be guided towards theorizing specific fields and areas from multiple perspectives, rather than being trained in a single disciplinary perspective. The program's fundamental guiding principle is that the benefits of this multidisciplinary approach outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to grappling with complex, culturally-embedded forms, objects and processes. 

Potential Supervisors

We welcome applications from students who are working on any field that can be supported from within the cultural studies framework. To explore potential supervisors, you may wish to consult our list of current research areas.  Please email the program director for further information.