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Journalism Graduate Diploma

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a field other than journalism from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students who have graduated with a Journalism degree in a language other than English may also be considered. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent together with the application which should be about 600 words outlining the student's background, academic and work experience, and aspirations in journalism. Qualified applicants may be interviewed. Students should be aware that written assignments in workshops are in English.

Although it does not determine acceptance, applicants are advised that a working knowledge of French is important. Normally the program is taken full-time and completed in one year (three terms).

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits.

Please see the Journalism Courses page for course descriptions.

Journalism Graduate Diploma (33 credits)


credits of Summer Term, Required Courses:


JOUR 501 Research Methods for Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 502 Introduction to Reporting (3.00)
JOUR 511 Introduction to Multimedia (3.00)


credits of Fall Term, Required Courses:


JOUR 500 Critical Approaches to Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 504 Intermediate Reporting (3.00)
JOUR 530 Advanced Radio News (3.00)
JOUR 536 Advanced Video Journalism (3.00)


credits of Winter Term, Required Courses:


JOUR 513 Journalism Ethics and the Law (3.00)
JOUR 528 The Digital Magazine (3.00)


credits of Winter Term, Elective Courses:


JOUR 505 Advanced Reporting (3.00)
JOUR 508 Research Project in Journalism Studies (3.00)
JOUR 510 Multimedia Journalism Tools and Design (3.00)
JOUR 532 Documentary Video and Radio (3.00)
JOUR 537 Journalism Portfolio (3.00)
JOUR 542 International Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 550 Journalism Practicum (3.00)
JOUR 566 Photojournalism (3.00)
JOUR 598 Special Topics in Journalism (3.00)

Please note that some electives may not be offered in a given term or year.           

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  3. Graduation Requirement. To graduate, students must have completed all course requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.70.

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