Tuition and Awards


The UBC Board of Governors recommends and approves tuition fees for all UBC programs. The UBC Academic calendar provides information about current tuition fees for domestic, international, and continuing students. Please note that the fees are subject to change each year, and there would be an anticipated increase in student fees for non-domestic/permanent residents joining the program in the fall of 2018. For more details, you are welcome to read the UBC Board of Governors Tuition Fee Report.

The Master of Journalism program fee is assessed as a full-time annual fee, divided into three equal installments at the beginning of each academic term, starting in September, January, and May and is usually due within the first week of the term. The fee is the same regardless of how many course credits the student registers in.

Student loans and bursaries

Canadian and US governments offer student loans for individuals attending a post-secondary education. To determine your eligibility, please visit the Student Loans website for more details.


Many of our awards are entrance awards, although second year funding is also available.  There are two main award types: Major External Awards and Faculty/Departmental Awards. Other external funding can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ website.  We also notify students about various external award opportunities specific to journalism students that are sent to us throughout the year.  Major External Awards, for which you must apply, and Faculty/Departmental Awards, which are generally decided by the faculty based on specific criteria, are listed below.

Students holding a UBC external or faculty/departmental award will have their tuition fees deducted from the scholarship payments. An award notification email will be sent to the student directly by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Awards department with instructions on how to accept the award.

Major External Awards

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Fellowships and Affiliated University Graduate Fellowships: Every year students win a number of SSHRC and Affiliated University Graduate Fellowships. Affiliated Graduate awards range in amount from $200 – $20,000. SSHRC awards are $17,500. Note that International students are ineligible for SSHRCs; however, they may apply for the graduate Affiliate Award for their second year of funding.

– First Year Funding: prospective domestic journalism students with first-class standings are strongly encouraged to apply for SSHRCs directly through SSHRC (not through UBC) and the institution in which they achieved their bachelor’s degree. This funding is for the first year of study (see below for second year SSHRC/Graduate Affiliate funding). The deadline is December 01 of the year prior to our September intake. Your undergraduate university may have an internal deadline that is earlier, so make sure that you check with the faculty or department as soon as you can. More information can be found on the SSHRC website.

– Second Year Funding: once classes start in September, students may apply for second year funding from SSHRC if they plan to continue their journalism studies beyond five terms (domestic students only) and/or from the Graduate Affiliated Criteria-Based Awards (for those who are applying for or have SSHRC funding already, and/or for international students). Students are encouraged to have all of their application materials ready before they begin the Master of Journalism program.  As above, more information can be found on the SSHRC website.


Faculty/Departmental Awards

Donald C. Cromie Memorial Fellowship in Journalism: A fellowship has been endowed through the estate of Geraldine Phyllis Cromie. The award is offered to a student in Journalism and is made on the recommendation of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Donna Logan Scholarship in Investigative Journalism: This graduation scholarship will be awarded to a second year Journalism student who demonstrates exceptional ability in investigative research and reporting; and who also displays an interest in pursuing a career in daily journalism.

The Fairchild Group Scholarship: A scholarship has been endowed by the Fairchild Group to alternate each year between the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and the UBC Film Production Program.  Thomas Fung, owner and founder, presented the award.  The award is bestowed on the recommendation of the Department of Theatre and Film in even-numbered years and on the recommendation of the School of Journalism in odd-numbered years. Preference is given to Canadian and international students with good academic standing who are focusing on cultural diversity and entrepreneurial leadership.

Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards: A number of entrance awards, available to some incoming students demonstrating academic excellence and a commitment to journalism as a career, are administered by the UBC Graduate School of Journalism’s Awards Committee. The funds for these awards are made available from the Faculty of Arts and/or Faculty of Graduate Studies. Awards are determined on the basis of merit and diversity and are open to any graduate student regardless of citizenship or visa status. The number of awards, and the value of each award, is revised annually.

Gwyn and Aileen Gunn Bursary in Journalism: Bursaries have been endowed through a bequest from Gwyneth M. Gunn for students in the School of Journalism, with preference for women students in need of financial assistance.  Only students who have applied for Canadian student loans are eligible.  Students do not need to apply directly to UBC Financial Aid.  UBC Financial Aid determines bursary amounts from data derived from student loan applications.

Hal Straight Gold Medal in Journalism: A gold medal and prize hav been endowed by Beverley J. Straight and Robert H. Straight in honour of their father, Hal Straight, who was an editor, managing editor, and publisher for over 50 years. The award is offered to the most outstanding graduate student in Journalism and is made on the recommendation of the School.

Helen Badenoch Scholarship: A bequest from Ida Helen Badenoch provides graduation scholarships to students who are most proficient in the community health nursing practice and who are proceeding to further work in this field of study; and, to two students who are most proficient in a field of journalism, or in a field related to journalism.

Jack Webster Foundation Student Journalism Awards: The Jack Webster Foundation and BC Hydro have joined together to establish awards for students at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. An award of $1,000 is available to a student in their first year and a student in their second year of their Master of Journalism degree. The recipients will attend the annual Webster Award Dinner as special guests, and be hosted by BC Hydro’s Corporate Communication’s staff on the day of the Webster Dinner. The Jack Webster Foundation will arrange an opportunity for the students to connect with a senior BC working journalist to discuss the student’s work.

James L. and Donald A. Duncan Fellowship to Advance Excellence in Journalism: A entrance scholarship has been endowed by the family of James L. and Donald A. Duncan to honour them and recognize their high regard for excellence and integrity in journalism. Preference is given to graduate students with excellent writing abilities who are well-read and have a demonstrated interest in a broad range of journalistic topics. The award is made on the recommendation of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

Rafe Mair Award for Excellence in Journalism: A prize has been endowed by The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in honour of Rafe Mair. It is awarded to a student in the graduating class in Journalism. The prize is awarded to the graduating student who has produced the best published work of public service journalism during the degree program.

Susan M. Boyce Graduate Scholarship in Journalism: One or more scholarships have been endowed by Roy Barnett in honour of his sister, Susan M. Boyce, for graduate students in the Master of Journalism Program in the School of Journalism. Susan is a longtime Vancouver-based journalist and a firm believer in the need to support and mentor aspiring writers in this exciting career. It is her hope this scholarship will contribute to making the aspiration a reality for many who are dedicated to preserving the value and integrity of the written word.