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Journalism (MJ)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Journalism

Ryerson University has developed a reputation as one of Canada’s leading institutions for professional journalism education over the last 60 years. Ryerson’s School of Journalism is known for its highly experienced and award-winning faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and close connections with all of Canada’s major journalistic institutions. Students in the two-year Master of Journalism program receive rigorous and intensive preparation for professional work in newspapers, broadcasting, magazines or digital journalism. They learn how to report stories to professional standards, while gaining a sophisticated understanding of journalism’s historic mission and its present-day possibilities, learning advanced research skills, embracing innovation, and focusing on the challenges of covering Canada’s largest, most diverse and most dynamic city. Ryerson’s location makes it the ideal place to lay the foundations for a career as a journalistic leader.

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At a Glance

  • Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.33 (B or equivalent) in the last two years of study
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be academic • Statement of interest
  • Resume
  • Portfolio (recommended)

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Gain essential skills to tell stories for audiences across all platforms with a sophisticated understanding of journalism’s historic missions and present-day possibilities. For their major research project, students will complete a substantial piece of journalism, demonstrating advanced research skills and mastery of the chosen medium.

The School of Journalism places and supervises senior students in professional internships at:

  • The Globe and Mail
  • Toronto Star
  • CBC (digital, television and radio)
  • CTV
  • Spacing
  • And more

During their final year, students will work at one of the school’s two major publications: The Ryersonian, a digital, TV and newspaper platform or the Ryerson Review of Journalism, an award-winning magazine and online publication.

Apply to work as a Research Assistant or Grad Teaching Assistant. Program funding is awarded to top candidates.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153
E-mail: grdadmit@ryerson.ca
www.ryerson.ca/gradstudies/future-students

Program Contacts

Asmaa Malik
Graduate Program Director
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2787
E-Mail: asmaa.malik@ryerson.ca

Tonisha Mcmeekin
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2783
Fax: 416-979-5153
E-Mail: mj@ryerson.ca

“Melding skill building with a new understanding of technological trends and ethical duties, the MJ program has changed the kind of writer I am.”

Michael Lyons, MJ alumnus

Faculty and Student Profile

Graduate program director Asmaa Malik and Journalism graduate students explored the stories of Indigenous city-dwellers for Canada 150.

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How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.

Funding

At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.