Admissions FAQ

UBC Journalism students

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding our application process.  If you do not see the answer to your question, or would like further clarification, please send your query to

If you are a Canadian or U.S. student, the criteria is:

  • Hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from UBC
  • Have a minimum overall average in the B+ range in third and fourth-year courses or have academic standing with at least 12 credits of third or fourth-year courses in the A range

More information on eligibility

If you are an international student:

Please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for criteria specific to your country.

Please note that all criteria stated are the minimum needed for entry to graduate programs at UBC. Admission in our program is competitive and we evaluate applications on a combination of grades, experience, portfolio, and references.

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.

TOEFL minimum score:

  • 615 on paper-based test
  • 260 on computer-based test
  • 105 on internet-based test

IELTS minimum score:

  • 7.5 with no subsection score lower than 6.5

For details on submission, visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Three references are required.  At least two must be academic referees.  One professional reference is acceptable, preferably from a field related to Journalism.

As applicants complete the online form, they will enter full contact information for referees. The system will then contact referees automatically and ask them to either use the online reference form, or upload a reference letter. More details on submission of letters of reference can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

For students who may have completed their bachelor degree a few years ago or more please attempt to contact your previous university. They will be able to help you get in touch with professors or instructors.

Every effort should be made to submit application materials by the deadline. However, a grace period after the Admission Deadline is given to allow all materials to arrive.

The first deadline to apply is January 31st. These applicants are receiving early consideration for admission.

The portfolio or examples of writing should contain excerpts of best work, up to a maximum of 10 pages. Video and audio highlight-reel samples should be no longer than 15 minutes in total and should be included as hypertext links. Please note that we no longer accept physical copies such as DVDs or USB flash drives. All portfolio material, including any relevant links, must be uploaded onto the application system.

The 2017/2018 tuition fee schedule has not yet been posted.

For the 2016/2017 academic year, tuition fees for the Master of Journalism program were:

  • $2,298 per instalment for domestic students
  • $6,183.40 per instalment for international students

There is a minimum of 5 instalments for our program.

For more information on tuition and cost of living, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

The step-by-step process of application to the Master of Journalism program can be found on our website under "How to Apply".

For more information on the online application system, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Our program is 20 months long and spans 5 academic terms. Students begin their first year of the program in September and take first year core courses over two semesters until April. In the third semester, students will enrol in for-credit internships from May to August, and complete the program after two more semesters from September until April.

Please see UBC’s Academic Calendar for more information on semester/term schedules.

Our program is interdisciplinary. Applicants to, and students in our program come from a diverse array of disciplines, backgrounds, nationalities and experience. For example, a student here can have a bachelor degree in science, theatre or political science, and then go on report on science or arts and culture or politics. The possibilities are unlimited. Applicants to our program come with a wide range of experiences in journalism as well.

A PDF copy of this FAQ can be downloaded here.