at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

UBC Journalism is a unique, boutique journalism master's program, and the only graduate journalism program in western Canada. It is designed to provide you with professional experience and academic grounding, to help you succeed as a journalist in any medium. You'll learn everything from long-form writing to web, video and audio production, social media analytics, investigative reporting skills, and critical analysis of news.

Why this program?

  • Alumni have gone on to successful careers at major media organizations around the world.
  • Of UBC Journalism alumni, 91% credit the program for helping them get where they are today.
  • Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, including media lab, recording sound booth, HD video-editing suite, and more.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Master of Journalism
  • Length 20 mos
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Master of Journalism degree is a full-time, intensive program that includes a summer internship. It provides students with professional experience and academic grounding to help them prosper in a digital knowledge economy.

The program aims to develop graduates who understand the evolving media environment and use journalistic practices to contribute to meaningful public discourse across all forms of media. Students acquire the knowledge and practical skills they need to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the evolving digital media ecosystem, developing skills such as investigative reporting, web, audio and video production, data visualization, virtual reality and social media.

Our distinctive approach to journalism education has two components: academic specialization and professional training. Students undertake a program of study focused on an academic area relevant to their background and passions. The academic teaching is hands-on training in multimedia production alongside experienced professionals.

Campus features

  • New media lab
  • Newsroom
  • Social media lab
  • Recording sound booth
  • HD video-editing suite
  • 360 video and virtual reality facilities

The Thunderbird is the student publication of the School of Journalism at UBC, with the mission of showcasing work of students at the school.

Your future

Graduates from UBC’s Journalism program go on to work at respected global news outlets. Recent graduates have taken positions at the CBC in various bureaus around the world, Radio-Canada, CTV, Al Jazeera English, The New Yorker, Google (media outreach), the Globe and Mail, Vice, National Post, and in media and communications positions in various NGOs and post-secondary institutions.

Program graduates

  • Host/producer/writer, “In Concert” weekly classical music show, CBC
  • Assignment editor, Global National
  • Associate editor, The Huffington Post Canada
  • Online reporter and editor, CTV Vancouver
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