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Students in the Master of Journalism program are required to complete 16.5 credits. The minimum-time-for-completion of this program is two full years (six terms).


Year One

Fall Term Winter Term Spring/Summer Term
Covering the City: Reporting, Writing and Editing TWO courses from:
* Broadcast Journalism
* Digital Journalism
* Magazine and Feature Writing

Research Methods for Journalists

Urban Politics and Society for Journalists

Critical Approaches to Journalistic Practice

Skills Module



Year Two

Fall Term Winter Term Spring/summer Term
Interdisciplinary Communication and Design Graduate Course
(ONE course from Schedule A)
Journalism Workshop Major Project
Advanced Journalism
(ONE course from Schedule B)
Advanced Specialized Courses
(TWO credits from Schedule C)
Standards of Journalists' Care  
Schedule A : Interdisciplinary Communication and Design Courses

Choose ONE of the following:

  • Media Languages: Forms and Approaches
  • Topics in Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Audiences and the Public
  • The History of News
Schedule B: Advanced Journalism Courses

Choose ONE of the following:

  • Journalism Masthead
  • Advanced Magazine Journalism
Schedule C: Advanced Specialization Courses

Choose TWO credits from the following:

  • Advanced Research Methods: Investigative Techniques (1 Credit)
  • Television Documentary (2 Credits)
  • Business Journalism (1 Credit)
  • International Journalism (1 Credit)
  • Health and Science Journalism (1 Credit)
  • Literary Journalism (1 Credit)
  • Radio Documentary
  • Adv Magazine Editing (2 Credits: Only for students enrolled in Magazine Masthead)
  • Journ and the Political Arena (1 Credit)
  • Justice and the Courts (1 Credit)
  • Photojournalism (1 Credit)
  • Podcasting (1 Credit)
Skills Modules

Choose ONE of the following:

  • Radio
  • Copy Editing

***Please note: Not all courses in Schedules A & C may be offered in a given year***

The core program comprises seven courses plus a skills module which must be taken by all students. These include both foundational and advanced professional courses (including innovation in journalism), as well as academic courses focusing on research methods, urban issues, critical issues in journalism, ethics, and journalism history.

Each student is also required to complete an Internship and a Major Project. The Internship will involve a substantial placement in a working newsroom or magazine office.* The School of Journalism has long experience placing and supervising senior students in professional internships at such organizations as The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Canadian Press, the CBC (television and radio), CTV, Global TV, and so on.

The Major Project itself will be a substantial piece of journalistic work in the student's chosen medium, exhibiting sophistication in conception and research and a high level of presentation skills. Students will be encouraged to incorporate innovative methods and address new topics. In the normal course of events, it is expected that the major project would be publishable in an appropriate journalistic forum.

Elective courses will allow students to concentrate on a particular medium (newspapers, broadcast journalism, magazines or online journalism), to develop more specialized skills, and to gain deeper knowledge of particular subject areas. The program will offer several areas of specialization, including: business journalism, international journalism, and health and science journalism. As well, students will choose one interdisciplinary graduate courses offered by the Faculty of Communication and Design. Appropriate courses from the Ryerson University MA program in Immigration and Settlement and the York-Ryerson Joint Programme in Communication and Culture may also be taken as electives.

The "Advanced Journalism" courses taken in the second year involve the regular production and publication of a weekly newspaper (The Ryersonian), a magazine (The Ryerson Review of Journalism), a television news broadcast, or an online news portal (Ryersonline). These are capstone courses in the professional side of the program, requiring students to produce publication-quality or broadcast-quality work in a sustained way under realistic deadlines.

Part-time studies?
The program is not offered on a part-time basis.