Admissions FAQ

UBC Journalism students

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding our application process.  If you do not see the answer to your question, or would like further clarification, please send your query to

If you are a Canadian or U.S. student, the criteria is:

  • Hold the academic equivalent of a UBC four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Have a minimum overall average in the B+ range in the last two years of post-secondary studies, or have academic standing with at least 12 credits of third or fourth-year courses in the A range

More information on eligibility

If you are an international student:

Please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for criteria specific to your country.

Please note that all criteria stated are the minimum needed for entry to graduate programs at UBC. Admission in our program is competitive and we evaluate applications on a combination of grades, experience, purpose of study, portfolio, and references.

Current tuition for all UBC Masters degree programs are available on the UBC Academic Calendar.  Scroll down to the middle of the page to find the fees for domestic, international and continuing students in the Master of Journalism program.  The tuition for the Master of Journalism program is assessed as a program fee, with installment payments divided into five terms during the entire 20 month program (e.g.: First year:  i) fall term, (ii) spring term, (iii) summer semester; Second year: (iv) fall and (v) spring terms).  UBC tuition and student fees are approved by the University Board of Governors.  The School of Journalism does not determine nor manage students tuition or fees.  For any questions regarding financial loans, bursaries or options, please contact UBC Enrolment Services. Vancouver is a beautiful city to live in; however, the cost of living is high.  Please ensure that you budget enough funds to pay for your living and daily expenses for at least two years. For more information on tuition and cost of living, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

All graduate level tuition at UBC is assessed as a program fee. In the Master of Journalism program, the fees are payable in five instalments, divided up over five terms throughout the 20 month program (e.g.: First year:  (i) fall term, (ii) spring term, (iii) summer semester; Second year: (iv) fall and (v) spring terms).  The summer semester is also included in the scheduled payment plan.  Though students usually do their internships during the summer, students are still permitted to register in courses outside of the journalism department to fulfill non-journalism course requirements or to advance their knowledge in certain academic disciplines.  Unlike undegraduate tuition, which is assessed per credit, graduate students' tuition is not influced by the number of credits that a students registers in.  Graduate students are able to registered in a number of credits while paying the same program fee (however, students are encouraged to speak to the program coordinator for consideration of taking credits over the 42-credit degree requirement).  UBC tuition and student fees are approved by the University Board of Governors.  The School of Journalism does not determine nor manage students tuition or fees.  For any questions regarding financial loans, bursaries or options, please contact UBC Enrolment Services.

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.

TOEFL minimum score:

  • 615 on paper-based test
  • 260 on computer-based test
  • 104 on internet-based test

IELTS minimum score:

  • 7.5 with no subsection score lower than 6.5

For details on submission, visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Three references are required.  At least two must be academic referees.  One professional reference is acceptable, preferably from a field related to Journalism.

As applicants complete the online form, they will enter full contact information for referees.  Upon submission of your application online, the system will then contact referees automatically and ask them to either use the online reference form, or upload a reference letter. Please note that referees will not get this email until you submit your online application.  To avoid delays in your application adjudication, please approach referees at the start of your application completion process and ensure that you submit your online application in a timely manner in order to allow them  sufficient time to provide you a strong letter of reference.  More details on submission of letters of reference can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

For students who may have completed their bachelor degree a few years ago or more please attempt to contact your previous university. They will be able to help you get in touch with professors or instructors. Please email if you are a mid-career professional and unsure about the types of referees that would be acceptable for your application.

Every effort should be made to submit application materials by the deadline. However, a one week grace period after the Admission Deadline is given to allow all materials to arrive.

The first deadline to apply is January 31st. These applicants would be receiving early consideration for admission.

The portfolio or examples of writing should contain excerpts of best work, up to a maximum of 10 pages. Video and audio highlight-reel samples should be no longer than 15 minutes in total and should be included as hypertext links. Please note that we no longer accept physical copies such as DVDs or USB flash drives. All portfolio material, including any relevant links, must be uploaded onto the application system.

The step-by-step process of application to the Master of Journalism program can be found on our website under "How to Apply".

For more information on the online application system, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Our program is 20 months long and spans five academic terms. Students begin their first year of the program in September and take first year core courses over two semesters until April. In the third semester, students will enrol in for-credit internships from May to August, and complete the program after two more terms from September until April.

Please see UBC’s Academic Calendar for more information on semester/term schedules.

Our program is interdisciplinary. Applicants in our program come from a diverse array of disciplines, backgrounds, nationalities and professional experiences. For example, a student here can have a bachelor's degree in science, theatre or political science, and then go on to report on science, arts and culture or politics. The possibilities are unlimited. Applicants to our program come with a wide range of experiences in journalism as well.

More than half of our students work while enrolled as a full time student.  Many students have jobs on campus - either as a Research Assistant, Project Assistant or as a Teaching Assistant in the department or in other departments.  Once you are enrolled as student, you have access to the UBC Careers portal where all UBC-related jobs (and some off-campus jobs are listed).

UBC offers various housing options for graduate students.  However, please be aware that spaces are limited and very competitive; therefore, do apply for housing as soon as you decide to apply to UBC.  For more information about UBC Housing options and application criteria, please visit the UBC Student Housing and Hospitality website.  There are off-campus options as well.  We recommend that, if feasible, to visit Vancouver to reserach neighbourhoods and housing options.  Students who live off-campus either live in shared housing options, basement suits, or rented apartments.  For information on various off-campus housing options, please refer to this site.

While UBC only accepts four-year undergraduate degrees, some post-secondary programs only offer three-year undergraduate degrees.  Please contact to determine the eligiblity requirements for your post-secondary institution.  If your institution is deemed eligible, then all three years of your final grades will be considered when calculating your grade point average for academic eligiblity.