How to Apply

Applying to the Graduate School of Journalism is the first step towards your future career. We are here to guide and support you along the way to graduation and beyond.

There are several stages in the application process. All students need to complete the Online Application Form. Once you start the application you will be able to save and return to it, but only up until the deadline. Once you have submitted it, you won’t be able to edit it.

We want to know more about you and your interest in pursuing the program at the Graduate School of Journalism. The cover letter is your chance to tell us about your passions and ambitions. We also require a CV outlining your accomplishments to date. The portfolio provides an opportunity to showcase your skills and abilities, highlighting what you have achieved so far and demonstrate your potential.

The cover letter, CV, transcripts, references and portfolio are uploaded to the online application system.

The submission deadline is January 31st for early consideration for September 2017 admission.  Admission will open again in September 2017 for 2018/2019 admission.

The following is a step by step guide to the application process. Good luck!

Please fill out the Online Application Form. You will be required to upload all documents, including your cover letter, resume or CV, portfolio, transcripts, to this system as well as provide contact information for your references.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $98.25 for Canadian students and $159 for International Students, payable to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Upload to the online application system a one page long cover letter stating why you wish to be a journalist and the goals you wish to achieve.

Upload either your resume or CV when applying.

We want to know about your writing and storytelling abilities.

Please upload up to 10 pages in total of any written samples.  For students with some journalism experience, this could be a news story, a feature piece, a broadcast item, an online slideshow, an interactive map or a data visualization. For students with little or no journalism experience, this could be a freelance piece, an assignment for an undergraduate class or a blog on your area of expertise.

Please provide a list of links to any multimedia content you wish to include.  We welcome submissions from any form of media - print, audio, video or digital.  For broadcast submissions, please submit up to 15 minutes of material. Please provide a page with a list of links to the content. Do make sure the links are working and accessible without the need for passwords at the time of application.

You may also wish to send a combination of written samples and multimedia.

You will be asked to upload your transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.  Please refer to: Canadian Transcripts or International Transcripts for more details.

*Note:  If you have transcripts that are issued in a language other than English, then in addition to uploading digital copies of the documents in their original language, you must also upload a certified literal English translation of your transcripts from your home university's translation service or certified English translator.

Three references are required.  Two of these must be academic referees.  One professional referee is acceptable only if from a field related to Journalism.  When you complete the online application, you will be prompted to provide referee contact information. Please refer to the Letters of Reference section for more details.

 

Please note that we are no longer accepting any hard copies of application materials. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted through the online application system.

For more information: jrnl.journal@ubc.ca; 1-604-822-6688