How to Apply

Applying to the UBC Master of Journalism program is the first step towards your future career. We are here to guide and support you along the way to graduation and beyond.

There are several stages in the application process. All students need to complete the Online Application Form. Once you start the application you will be able to save and return to it, but only up until the deadline. Once you have submitted it, you won’t be able to edit it. Your submitted online application package would include the following:

  • Online application form
  • Letter of Intent/cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Portfolio of work
  • Official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (including official transcripts from exchange programs)
  • Three letters of reference (preferablly all from academia, or minimum 2 from academia)
  • TOEFL or IELTS official language proficiency scores (For international students only: please refer to the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies English Proficiency Requirements for more details).

We want to know more about you and your interest in pursuing the UBC Master of Journalism program. The letter of intent or cover letter is your chance to tell us about your passions and ambitions. We also require a CV outlining your accomplishments to date. The portfolio provides an opportunity to showcase your skills and abilities, highlighting what you have achieved so far and demonstrate your potential.

The cover letter, CV, transcripts, references and portfolio are uploaded to the online application system.

The application submission deadline is January 31, 2021 11:59pm PST for September 2021 admission.  The application system opens on September 01st, 2020.

The following is a step by step guide to the application process. Good luck!

Please fill out the Online Application Form. You will be required to upload all documents, including your cover letter, resume or CV, portfolio and academic transcripts to this system as well as provide contact information for your references. Please note that only complete applications would be adjudicated.

A non-refundable application fee will be assessed for the application. Please refer to the Online Application Fee - Graduate Studies web page for current fees.

In the online application system, upload a 1-2 page long cover letter stating why you wish to be a journalist and the goals you wish to achieve.

Upload either your resume or CV when applying.

We want to know about your writing and storytelling abilities.

Please upload up to 10 pages in total of any written samples.  For students with some journalism experience, this could be a news story, a feature piece, a broadcast item, an online slideshow, an interactive map or a data visualization. For students with little or no journalism experience, this could be a freelance piece, an assignment for an undergraduate class or a blog on your area of expertise.

Please provide a list of links to any multimedia content you wish to include.  We welcome submissions from any form of media - print, audio, video or digital.  For broadcast submissions, please submit up to 15 minutes of material. Please provide a page with a list of links to the content. Do make sure the links are working and accessible without the need for passwords at the time of application.

You may also wish to send a combination of written samples and multimedia.

For the application, you will be required to upload your transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions you attended, including those you attended as an exchange student and institutions from which you completed specific courses and received academic credit.  The uploaded transcripts should be official transcripts from those institutions.  The UBC Journalism School staff members ARE NOT permitted to open and upload your transcripts on your behalf. For this stage of the application process, please do not send official transcripts to the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Please only upload transcripts to the online application system.

**IMPORANT: Only upon acceptance to the program, you would then need to arrange for ALL official academic transcripts to be sent from your home academic institution directly to the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.   Please do not send official transcripts to the UBC School of Journalism.  For more details, refer to: Canadian Transcripts or International Transcripts.

**COVID-19 IMPACT: While the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the operational procedures of some post-secondary institutions, many institutions are now fully operational. Please contact your home institution to arrange for official academic transcripts to be ordered.

**NON-ENGLISH TRANSCRIPTS:  If you have transcripts that are issued in a language other than English, then in addition to uploading digital copies of the documents in their original language, you must also upload a certified literal English translation of your transcripts from your home university's translation service or certified English translator.

Three references are required.  Two of these must be academic referees.  One professional referee is acceptable, preferably from a field related to Journalism.  When you complete the online application, you will be prompted to provide the referee contact information. Please note that your referees will be prompted to complete the online referee assessment ONLY after you submit your online application.  To avoid delays in your application adjudication, do ensure that your referees submit their assessment and letter of references by the application submission deadline.  Please discourage referees from mailing their references to the school directly. Due to precautions related to COVID-19, staff members are working remotely and there would be restricted access to mail. All referee letters and evaluations will be reviewed by the admission committee; however, greater validity would be placed on those letters written on official letterhead from either the home institution of the referee or a professional establishment, and signed by the referee.

**IMPORTANT: Referee letters are NOT to be shared with the applicant, nor should the applicant be emailing or sending the letter on their own behalf.

Please refer to the Letters of Reference section for more details.

NOTE:  We are no longer accepting any hard copies of application materials. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted through the online application system.

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