How to apply
Let’s get started on your career! Below you’ll find application information for the School’s undergraduate programs (the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Bachelor of Journalism, and Bridging Program), as well as the graduate level MJ and Master of Arts in Journalism programs.
The application deadline for admission to undergraduate programs at the School is February 15. Admission is for the Fall term (semester) only. Applications received after February 15th will be considered by the School if capacity is available in the program.
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program must have completed 60 credit hours of specific undergraduate courses (Pre-Journalism) with a program grade point average (PGPA) of 70 per cent. Students completing Pre-Journalism studies at another institution are encouraged to contact the School to discuss transfer credit and application process early in their program. Students entering the after-degree Bridging or Bachelor of Journalism programs must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. Please consult the School of Journalism section of the University Calendar for detailed program and admission requirements.
This process applies to admission for the following degree options:
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (for non-degree holders)
- Bachelor of Journalism (for undergraduate degree holders)
- Bridging to Masters (students who apply to Bridging should select and are admitted to the Bachelor of Journalism degree program; Bridging students apply to MJ part way through the requirements for this degree, and will not normally complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Journalism)
All students will submit their application via the University’s web application portal, according to the instructions available on the admissions site.
After submitting your application online, you will be asked to forward the following items to [email protected] (current U of R and new domestic students) or [email protected] (new international students):
- A cover letter (maximum of 2 pages) indicating why you are applying and outlining any media experience that you may have. Students interested in Bridging should note this in their cover letter.
- A résumé (maximum of 2 pages).
- Supporting documents (maximum of 10 pages) — these can be copies of articles that you have written for publication, unpublished writing samples, web links, reference letters or any other material that you feel are relevant and will support your application. Please note: Photocopies are acceptable.
All application packages must be received by February 15 for consideration in the competitive pool, for admission to the Fall semester of the same year. After the February 15 deadline, applications will be assessed. The School advises all applicants, in writing, of the outcome of their application. Bridging students will be invited to a panel interview to discuss their future plans as graduate students.
GRADUATE (MJ & MAJ)
International and domestic students apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) for admission to the Master of Journalism and Master of Arts in Journalism programs. Detailed program information is available on the FGSR journalism program site, and application information (including application deadlines) can be accessed through this online portal.
Bridging students are admitted to the undergraduate Bachelor of Journalism program to complete the required Bridging classes. Students interested in Bridging should use the undergraduate application process outlined above.