Master of Journalism (MJ)

Overview

Journalists have traditionally sought to provide news and information in an accurate, timely and accessible manner to enable the public to make informed decisions. Yet journalism is in flux, with the digital age blurring boundaries of news production and consumption between professionals, citizens and activists. The aim at the Graduate School of Journalism is to develop graduates who understand the evolving media environment and use journalistic practices to contribute to meaningful public discourse across all forms of media.

The Master of Journalism (MJ) degree is a full-time, intensive program which includes a summer internship.  It provides students with professional experience and academic grounding to help them prosper in a digital knowledge economy. Students acquire the knowledge and practical skills they need to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the evolving digital media ecosystem, developing skills such as investigative reporting, web, audio and video production, data visualization, virtual reality and social media analytics.

Our distinctive approach to journalism education has two components: academic specialization and professional training. Students undertake a program of study focused on an academic area — relevant to a student's background and passions. Paired with the academic teaching is hands-on training in multimedia production alongside experienced professionals.

What makes the program unique?

UBC Journalism is a unique, boutique masters program in one of the most diverse and beautiful cities in the world. We are an award-winning program modeled on a small Liberal Arts college with small class sizes and one-on-one attention. Students can tailor the program around their own passions, taking courses that reflect evolving methods, practices and technologies in journalism. Students have contact with professors both in and outside of the classroom, while faculty and staff mentor students on freelancing opportunities, internships and career options.

Faculty members come from the highest levels of major media organizations. They include recognized leaders in digital journalism and media scholarship who combine professional experience and academic research and scholarship. We pride ourselves on our student-centred approach to teaching, often continuing to mentor them long after they graduate. The program provides graduates with the optimal mix of academic theory and practice to succeed as a journalist.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Journalism
Subject
Specialty
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Journalism
Program Components
Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
Faculty
Faculty of Arts
School
School of Journalism

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Q&A with UBC Graduate Student Ambassadors

webinar
Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Time: 12:30 to 13:30
Join our Graduate Student Ambassadors Samuel Adenyanju (MSc Forestry, Nigeria), Federico Andrade (PhD Public Health, Colombia), Maria Angélica Guerrero (MA Educational Studies, Colombia), Xining (Linda) Yang (PhD Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, China) and Dorine Akwiri (Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Kenya) who will be available to answer questions about their experiences at UBC, including topics such as accommodation, moving to a new city/province/country and settling in, making friends, being an international student, and more. This session is open to participants interested in different programs across all faculties at UBC. Please note that we will not be able to provide answers to questions regarding application or admissions policies or any that involve specific personal information.

Research Information

Program Components

In recognition of the importance of combining theory and practice, our students are required to complete a 12-week professional internship before graduating. Learning on the job is a crucial part of a professional degree program since there are many aspects of journalism that cannot be addressed solely in the classroom. For more details about the internship program, please visit: http://www.journalism.ubc.ca/about/internship-program/

Application Notes

For application procedures and submission deadline details, please visit: http://www.journalism.ubc.ca/admissions-financial-aid/how_to_apply/

Important: You would need to submit your application through the Online Application system in order to trigger a reference request to your referees. We recommend that you notify your referees as early as possible in your application process to avoid delays in the adjudication of your application.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

105
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.5
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

No

Funding Sources

For more information about tuition and awards, please go to:  http://www.journalism.ubc.ca/admissions-financial-aid/tuition_and_awards/

Career Options

Our alumni have gone on to successful careers at major media organizations around the world. A recent alumni survey shows UBC Journalism graduates have found their training to be instrumental in their career advancement:

  • 86% say UBC Journalism was useful in getting a job
  • 91% credit UBC Journalism for helping them where they are today
  • 83% would recommend UBC Journalism to friends and family
  • 95% are proud to be alums of UBC Journalism

Recent graduates have taken positions at CBC Vancouver, Radio-Canada, CBC Toronto, CTV, Al Jazeera English, Toronto Star, The Tyee, the Walrus, The New Yorker, Google (media outreach), Dalai Lama for Peace and Education (web-based programs), the Vancouver Sun, Angus Reid Public Opinion, Global News Toronto, Global BC, the Globe and Mail, Vice, Huffington Post, New York Times, JP Morgan (Product Strategy), Business In Vancouver, Discourse Media, David Suzuki Foundation, and in media and communications positions in various NGOs and post-secondary institutions. 

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$2,390.85$8,381.20
Tuition per year$7,172.55$25,143.60
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Further Program Information

 
 

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
31 January 2019

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