Popular Culture (MA)

Popular Culture at Brock is approached holistically, viewing both traditional literary texts or works of art, as well as the mass media, as aesthetic objects. These expressive forms are viewed within the social and cultural contexts in which they are created, disseminated, interpreted and used. Students are encouraged to explore various research methods, as the program espouses no single theoretical or methodological perspective.

Entry point:

  • September (full-time or part-time)


  • 3 terms (12 months)
  • MRP – 4 terms (16 months)
  • Thesis – 6 terms (2 years)

This program is funded for the defined length above as outlined on our financial page.

Application deadline:

  • February 1st for September entry

This program is not currently accepting applications.

Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
    • A statement of intent, of no more than two pages in length, outlining your interest and background in the study of popular culture, clearly stating the focus of your proposed research in the MA program, and explaining how you think completion of our program will contribute to attaining your future academic and/or career goals. List on a separate page any research or teaching experience (e.g., as an RA or TA) and any work experience related to popular culture.
    • A sample of scholarly writing (15–20 pages in length); this may be a paper written for an upper-year course, a chapter from a thesis, a research report or conference paper, preferably on a topic related to popular culture.
    • A minimum of two references are required, but three are preferred. Please note that the application system will require you to input three referees in order to submit the application. If you opt for two referees, please enter the following for the third referee:
      Name: Marian Bredin
      Position: Associate Professor
      Department: Communication, Popular Culture and Film
      Tel: 688-5550 ext. 4658
      Email address: mbredin@brocku.ca
      Location: Canada – Ontario
      Institution Name: Brock Univ

Career outcomes

  • Marketing and communication
  • Professional careers in the media industry
  • PhD programs
  • University instructor
  • Cultural and tourism industries
  • Film promotion
  • Media production
  • Media policy
  • Non-profit industries
  • Public relations