How to Apply

Applying to the UBC School of Journalism 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.

We want to know more about you and your interest in pursuing the program at the UBC School of Journalism. The 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 has been extended to February 07th, 2019, 11:59pm PST for September 2019 admission.  The application system opens on September 01st, 2018.

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, transcripts, to this system as well as provide contact information for your references.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $98.25 for Canadian students and $159 for International Students, payable to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Upload to the online application system a one 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.

You will be asked 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.  To avoid any delays in your application, ensure that all transcripts are sent from the academic institution directly to the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.   The UBC Journalism School staff members ARE NOT permitted to open and upload your transcripts on your behalf.  Please do not send official transcripts to the UBC School of Journalism.  For more details, refer to: Canadian Transcripts or International Transcripts.

*Note:  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 referee contact information. Please note that your referess 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 deadine.  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.

For more information:; 1-604-822-6688