As technology continues to develop, we see the age of information growing alongside it, and now is the best time in history to enter the world of journalism. For those who are interested in educating themselves for this thriving industry, do your research on the top programs offered in Canada.
The following journalism schools have reputable bachelor’s degrees, and some have exceptional master’s degrees, which is something to consider when choosing programs.
This competitive undergraduate program accepts 150 students each year to its four-year program. Passionate industry professionals, who prepare students with a hands-on and practical approach, including real-life situations, teach the program. All students in their fourth year have the choice to participate in an internship. Ryerson now offers a two-year master’s degree program that could be the most recognized within the industry in Canada.
This degree program focuses specifically on news and political journalism, and includes a competitive marking system to weed out the students who can’t maintain the minimum B+ average throughout the program. The undergraduate program isn’t as hands-on as other schools, but the school offers two masters’ programs that are hands-on and academic. There is an intense one-year program for experienced journalists or for those with a journalism degree, as well as a two-year program for those non-journalists.
University of British Columbia
Although UBC doesn’t offer an undergraduate journalism program at the moment, it does offer one of the best master’s programs in the country. The full-time graduate degree is a five-semester program that also includes a summer internship. Smaller class sizes and one-on-one attention give students more access to resources and professors than at other schools. This equally hands-on and academic program not only prepares students in journalism, but in media studies as well.
University of King’s College
It takes four years to get through this competitive, deadline-driven journalism program in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is a mandatory internship included in the program, which can allow students to find their area of focus among the many areas of journalism. A one-year master’s program is available for students with a journalism undergrad, or for those who are practicing journalists. Students must pick between two streams offered: investigative reporting or new ventures in journalism.
The three-year bachelor’s degree program, based in Montreal, Quebec, is set up differently from other schools. The program itself has three different specializations to choose from, where students can design their degree to their interests. More detailed information is offered on the university website. This intensive degree offers internship opportunities besides the hands-on and academic course work. To graduate this program students need to have a working knowledge of French. The two-year master’s program is theoretical and is not geared towards students who want to become journalists.
University of Guelph-Humber
This combined program allows students to graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies, which includes five areas of emphasis: journalism, digital communications, public relations, image arts, and media business. This theoretical and applied program also contains a 200+ hour internship to prepare students for the working world. Students will also graduate with a Diploma of Media Communications and have the option to study abroad with this program.
University of Western Ontario
There are three types of undergraduate journalistic degrees that students can choose from: Media, Information and Technoculture; Media Theory and Production; and Media and the Public Interest. There is an option to create a combined program with Fanshawe College. There are different modules in each degree program with a variety of journalism courses offered. The one-year master’s degree program pushes a balance of journalism theory and technical training, which includes a mandatory one-month internship.
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Centennial offers students two excellent and versatile journalism programs, both with internship options. Students can choose to receive either the collaborative four-year Bachelor of Arts joint program with the University of Toronto (UTSC), or choose the three-year Diploma program. They also offer a two-year graduate program for university grads or practicing journalists. All programs offer strong academics to complement the practical hands-on learning, which deliver industry-ready graduates.