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How to apply
There are two stages to applying for the Major in Journalism.
Stage 1: University Application
Please note that there are three types of applicants.
Complete an online application to Concordia University by the dates listed below, along with all required documents requested. (Remember that you must also follow Stage 2 below.)
o February 1st – Outside Canada (International)
o March 1st – Inside Canada
Once you click the “submit” button, you will receive a confirmation email with an attached PDF copy of your application within 24 hours. This email will include an eight-digit student ID number that you will use throughout your studies should you be accepted at Concordia.
*Non-Concordia students include:
- a Cegep student in Quebec with a DEC or who will obtain a DEC
- a high school student (including these categories)
- an Ontario student with an OUAC number
- an Ontario student without an OUAC number
- attending high school in a Canadian province or territory other than Quebec or Ontario
- attending high school in the United States
- attending high school outside of Canada and the US
- a current or former student from another university or college
- a former Concordia student
- independent studies at Concordia
- applying as a mature student
There is no application to the university, but you do have to follow Stage 2.
Complete an online application for a degree transfer by March 1st and follow Stage 2.
*Please note: If you are applying for Journalism Co-operative Education, you need to indicate this on your university application by checking the appropriate box.
Stage 2: Journalism Major Application
You must submit a Journalism Dossier by March 1, 2019 that includes the following:
1. Letter of Intent written in English. The letter should be approximately two pages double spaced and include the following:
- Introduce yourself to the admissions committee. Tell us about yourself and why you want to study journalism.
- Tell us about a work of journalism you feel is important and inspiring. The journalism you write about can be from a newspaper, an online publication, audio (including podcasts), video (including documentaries), photographic or multi-media. It can be a piece of journalism that has had national or international attention. It can also be journalism that has made a difference to a smaller community.
2. Proof of language proficiency (if applicable)
- Applicants from Canada and the United States must meet Concordia's minimum English language proficiency requirement. Details can be found at this link: https://www.concordia.ca/admissions/undergraduate/requirements/english-language-proficiency.html If you meet this requirement you do not need to submit any additional information. However, in all cases we reserve the right to require a proficiency test and/or an interview if we consider it necessary.
- All other international applicants must submit an English language proficiency test as part of their dossier, such as TOEFL or IETLS by March 15, 2019.
3. Optional: Portfolio
If you have previous examples of journalism you may submit a portfolio. You do not have to submit a portfolio.
Your dossier must be uploaded as one (1) pdf file labeled Journalism Dossier**. There are two ways to upload your Journalism Dossier.
- When you are working on your university application you can upload your Journalism Dossier to your application.
- If you have already completed your university application you can go into your MyConcordia portal – My Student Centre – and upload from there.
**English language tests from international applicants can be uploaded separately if they are being submitted after March 1st.
Documents and “To Do List”
To see what documents we require for your application, go to MyConcordia.ca. Under My Student Centre, check the “To Do List" on the right hand side. Once you submit a required document, Concordia will review your file again and remove that item from your “To Do List”. Please note that it may take up to 10 working days to update your file.
To see a list of what documents we’ve already received, under the To-Do list, click on the link “List of Documents Received.” The list of documents will be displayed as soon as they are uploaded.
If you have technical difficulties with your online application:
- Contact the IT Service Desk at 514-848-2424, ext. 7613
- Or, email email@example.com