Who Should Apply

Students from RIIC in front of the UBC Museum of AnthropologyIf you’re curious about the world, have a passion for storytelling and aspire to make a difference, then the UBC Master of Journalism program is the place for you. We are looking for a diverse mix of smart and creative students from different backgrounds and places who are driven to tell stories that engage, enlighten and entertain audiences.

You may be driven to create journalism that provides perspective and insight on issues that matter to the public. Or maybe you have an idea that will change the way people learn about their community. You may be straight out of college or have worked for some time in journalism. Or maybe you’re contemplating a career move.

Past students have included scientists, engineers, lawyers, business executives and medical lawyers. They all have something in common, regardless of whether they have little journalism experience, a significant portfolio of work or are new to the profession. They share a passion to help people make sense of the world. Explore those passions with us at UBC Journalism.



To be eligible for our program, applicants to the Master of Journalism program must complete, prior to the first day of classes, the following requirements:

  • A degree in any discipline that is academically equivalent to a UBC 4-year Bachelor’s degree (Note: if your institution only offers a three-year undergraduate degree, please contact jrnl.journal@ubc.ca to determine the eligiblity requirements for your post-secondary institution).
  • Cumulative grade point average of a minimum B+ average in 300 & 400 (upper) level coursework (Note: if your degree is from an eligible three-year program, then all three years of your final grades will be calculated to determine your grade point average.  For all other transcripts outside of Canada and the United States, your total cumulative GPA from your previous degree will be considered).

If you graduated from a program in which English is not the primary language of instruction, you must achieve the following language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 615 on the paper-based test, 260 on the computer-based test, or 104 on the internet-based test
  • IELTS score of 7.5 with no subsection score lower than 6.5.


How to apply:

To apply, go to the online application form.  While the Master of Journalism program may make offers to applicants based on the above criteria, final decisions are subject to formal approval by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Follow the link to our application checklist for full application instructions.

The Admissions Committee is looking for applicants with unique voices, willing to make a contribution to public discussions around important issues. While academic ability is important, equally important is a demonstration of journalism abilities. That could be in the form of exemplary writing, audio production, video storytelling, web production, or other forms of media. Compile a portfolio of your best work – work that showcases your style, and shows what kind of journalist you want to become. Use your cover letter to let the Admissions Committee get to know you and why you aspire to be a journalist. We particularly welcome applications from students of diverse backgrounds, and encourage you to speak about the ways you would contribute to the diversity of our School.

We wish you the best of luck during the admissions process.