Western's one-year Master of Arts in Journalism Program puts you in the field – reporting, writing, shooting and posting – creating multi-platform journalism for our wired world.



The one-year Master of Arts in Journalism Program offers you a chance to gain the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to succeed as a journalist anywhere in the world, on any platform.

Our May to Mid-April program combines high-level skills education in all media with a solid academic component. It’s a program that demands a lot – and delivers a lot.

Our alumni are leaders in top-ranked newsrooms in Canada, the US and around the globe.  Their ongoing support is integral to our success.  They help our grads find jobs.  They, along with our Advisory Council made up of journalism industry leaders, keep the program connected to the latest developments in the profession.
The program admits about 40 students each year.  Our small class size facilitates continual, one-on-one and small group mentoring with professors. Our hands-on training with state-of-the art equipment covers all formats including audio, video, text and online.

Our academic courses develop critical thinking.  Our high-end production classes build from this base, enabling students to publish standout journalism work across platforms with respected media outlets, while still in school.

From day one, students are provided social media and digital-tools training. By the end of second term all of our students are able to write feature stories, shoot and edit video, report broadcast stories, create podcast documentaries and programs and publish online.  

As well, as part of our program, each student is given a full-time internship placement in newsrooms across the country and around the world. We've placed students everywhere from Windsor to Washington, from Barrie to Bombay.

During the year, journalists from across Canada and the world give guest lectures in the MAJ Program.

By the time students graduate they have gained one or more areas of topic specialization including politics, arts, international, medical, economic and long-form journalism.

After one-year, our students are "newsroom ready" armed with one of the most recognized and respected journalism credentials in the country – an MA in Journalism from Western.

Click to see if journalism is for you, where our recent grads are working and how to apply to the program.

We offer scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance to students entering the program.

If you have any questions about Western’s MA in Journalism program please contact us at or 519-661-4017.

Reviewed 2013/10/17