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Journalism

Degree Offered: M.J.

Members

Associate Professors

A. Hermida, P. W. Klein, M. L. Young, C. Callison.

Assistant Professors

T. Owen.

Program Overview

The mission of the School of Journalism is to achieve the highest professional standards in journalism through instruction in journalistic practice and the scholarly understanding of journalism, critical thinking, and teaching of ethical responsibility. By combining advanced journalism practice and theory with academic studies at the graduate level, the program not only enhances advanced journalism, but also improves the information base and scholarly preparation of students for journalistic writing in their specialty subject areas. The program serves the profession of journalism and brings developments in many areas of academic investigation to a wider reading public. Workshops, seminars, tutorials, conferences, internships, and publications deal with reportage as well as major issues, theories, and developments in the field of journalism. Emphasis is placed on the writing of journalism, on the historic evolution of journalism as a profession, ethics and journalism, on journalism and the legal system, and on the role and character of journalism in a changing society.

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Master of Journalism

Admission Requirements

Applicants with journalism experience must submit an extensive sample of their professional work; those without such experience will be selected on the basis of a manuscript of original writing that meets the standard of the peer group selected for entry into the program. The admissions panel will assess the applicant's potential for satisfactory performance in the program and for potential creative and constructive contribution to the profession.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Journalism program must possess a four-year baccalaureate degree in a discipline or interdisciplinary area regarded by the Admissions Committee as appropriate for the program. Only applicants with superior performance at the baccalaureate level and appropriate journalism knowledge and experience will be admitted. Applicants will be required to indicate their intended academic specialty at the time they apply. Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of places available, a record that satisfies basic entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Registration in graduate seminars in the academic specialty will be subject to the approval of the Director.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. International applicants who do not hold a bachelor's degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction will be required to submit a TOEFL score of 104 (615 paper) or more, or the equivalent score on another accepted English proficiency exam.

Program Requirements

The program is designed for both persons with extensive journalistic experience, and for those who do not have such experience but who demonstrate superior writing and research ability on par with the peer group.

Because students' backgrounds vary, the number of credits required for the Master of Journalism degree will be determined in consultation with the Director. The number of credits will never be less than 36, and must include courses from each of the five core areas:

  • Journalism Practice
  • Media Studies
  • Directed Studies
  • Research and Writing
  • Academic Studies Outside Journalism

The number of credits may, but not necessarily, include either an academic thesis (JRNL 549) or a journalistic project (JRNL 548).

At least 9 credits must be in academic studies outside Journalism, with a maximum of 3 credits only at the undergraduate level in courses numbered between 300 and 499. At least 27 credits must be in the other four core areas and either the thesis or final research project, or additional courses amounting to 6 credits. The majority of M.J. candidates will usually complete 42 credits for the degree. Coursework and an approved number of credits for the degree must be determined in consultation with the Director.

Contact Information

School of Journalism
6388 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604.822.6688
Fax: 604.822.6707
Email: jrnl.journal@ubc.ca
Web: www.journalism.ubc.ca
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