The program of study for the M.J. degree in Journalism is challenging and requires full-time study. Students are required to complete a minimum of 42-credits of course work, including a three-month internship.
Students learn to be journalists across all media — print, online, television and radio — in the first year. Most programs separate training by medium. We believe that in today’s digital environment, graduate journalists have to be proficient across many media platforms.
Therefore, theory and practice are integrated across the curriculum. This means applying ethics, media theory and academic knowledge to the journalism skills of interviewing and reporting in a real-time multimedia environment.
Journalism training starts in the first week of classes when students are assigned urban beats in Vancouver as part of our core Integrated Journalism course. This course is taught by a team of faculty: senior journalists working both locally and internationally as well as media studies professors.
Theory and graduate-level research is integrated into the curriculum through assignments and course content, as well as in specific courses such as Media Ethics and Media Law. There is also an option to complete an academic thesis or a journalism final research project, which involves a major project in journalism and journalism studies.
Over the 20 month program, students are required to complete a set of mandatory, core journalism courses. Specialized, journalism course electives are also offered each year. These courses are reviewed on an annual basis and may not be offered each year in its current format.
Students specialize in key disciplines relevant to their professional careers. These include but are not limited to: environmental and health studies, international relations and political science, arts and cultural studies, English, sports, economics and science.
Students also engage in issues surrounding race, gender and ethnicity through partnerships with other UBC departments.
Students take these specialties in courses outside of the School in order to obtain the knowledge necessary to report on an increasingly complex public sphere.
Popular academic specialties include: international journalism and political science, new media and society, solutions-focused journalism and science journalism, which includes specialties in environment, health and social issues, as well as media theory.