U of T to offer Masters in Journalism

The University of Toronto will be launching a Masters in Journalism program September 2012!

Yesterday, Alfred Hermida, Associate Professor for UBC’s School of Journalism, tweeted about the new program. The blog post says that the program will be based out of the university’s Monk School of Global Affairs.

According to the head of the School, Rob Steiner, the program will be “an entirely new form of journalism education that will recruit students from around the world who are subject-matter experts and teach them, in two years, to become outstanding global journalists (and/or media entrepreneurs) covering their own specialties in the global niche media.”

I’m extremely excited. Canada has a ton of diploma and bachelor’s programs for journalism (including at BCIT and Kwantlen), but only four Masters programs at UBC, Ryerson, Carleton and Western Ontario. I’ve heard quite a few different things about each program. Something that all of these Masters programs have is a required internship…not all of the bachelor’s and diploma programs require on-the-job experience.

UBC seems to be one of the favourites (maybe that’s just because I go to UBC) among journos in the field. Application requirements include a minimum 76% average in your 300- and 400-level courses. A highlight of the program is an International Reporting course, where students have the opportunity to go abroad for a week and complete a project on an international issue (does this ring a bell?).

Ryerson‘s Masters program (they also offer a bachelor’s degree). Application requirements include a four-year Honours bachelor’s degree with an overall “B” average in the final two years. Overall, Ryerson’s program is robust, yet I’ve heard that the technology used in the courses isn’t as up to speed as other universities.

I haven’t heard too much about Carleton‘s journalism program, only that it offers a full-two year program, or an accelerated stream for “experienced journalists, or applicants holding a degree that is equivalent to Carleton’s Honours Bachelor of Journalism.” The admission requirements are also fairly steep (B+, 77-79% average).

UWO‘s journalism program is neat because it’s only a one-year Master’s program. The admission requirements are also lower (70% average), and it’s a Master of Arts in Journalism, rather than a MJ.

Thoughts?

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Posted on November 23, 2010, in Blog, Journalism, Post-Secondary and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Samantha! I’m wondering if I have to have a degree in a journalism program in order to apply for a masters in journalism. I’m currently doing a double major in professional writing and CCIT (culture, communication and information technology) and I really want to pursue journalism.

    ~Sujana

  2. Hi Sujana, as far as I know, most masters programs in journalism do not require a background in journalism. I would even go as far to suggest that J-Schools like people who come from different backgrounds. That being said, your major is not a far cry from journalism anyway. Best of luck!

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