How to Apply to the Master of Media in Journalism & Communication Program

Our admissions philosophy

It's important to us that anyone taking the MMJC program completes it successfully. The best way we can ensure that outcome is through our application process. There are three major components that go into helping us determine if the MMJC will be a positive experience for you. Keep in mind our past students have had differing balances of these three factors. Some are high academic achievers with little previous experience in media. Some are media stars with lower grades. We like to have a class of individuals exhibiting a mix of all three factors:

Your past academic success

We require that you have a four-year degree, and that you've achieved at least a 70% average in your last 10 full-year courses.

Your ability to tell a story

We'll help you become a better storyteller, but we find it's easier to get you professionally ready if you start off with some ability to write well and tell a good story. The autobiographical essay is critical to helping us determine this.

Your interest in media & civic engagement

We find many of our most successful students have already been exposed to some forms of media, and have had a chance to experiment with a variety of storytelling methods, no matter their educational background. We'll use your portfolio and resume to determine this.

How to apply

General Application Information

Applications for the next intake open on October 1st. Deadline to apply is February 1st.

No application will be considered until it is complete. The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all documents (i.e., transcripts, letters of reference, test results) are received by the application deadline.

Please note that the online application should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the application deadline to allow for the electronic collection of letters of recommendation.

Completed applications will be evaluated by the program, which makes the admission decision. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies sends out offers of admission.

Academic Qualifications and Selection Procedure

Only those applicants who have a four-year degree or equivalent and have an average of at least 70% in the last two years of full-time study can be considered for admission. There are a limited number of places available each year. Admission to the program is competitive and meeting the minimum criteria will not guarantee admission. Students may be considered for admission with any of the following academic backgrounds:

  1. A four-year degree, or its equivalent, with an average of at least 70% in the last two years of full-time study, as noted above;

  2. A three-year Bachelor's degree in an academic discipline, with an average of at least 70% in the last ten courses taken, and completion of a Bachelor of Education degree;

  3. A three-year Bachelor's degree in an academic discipline, with appropriate additional course work at this or another accredited university as a special undergraduate student for the equivalent of a four-year degree. This work would ordinarily consist of five full, academic degree credit courses, usually (but not necessarily) in the student's previous area of specialization. Students who complete these courses and maintain an average of at least 70% over their last ten full courses may apply for admission;

  4. A four-year degree or equivalent, with an average of at least 70%, and completion of a graduate degree in another academic discipline, with an average of at least 70%.

Expectation of Writing Ability

Students entering the MMJC must have mastered basic writing skills, including grammar, syntax, and the ability to conceptualize and articulate ideas in writing. The Admissions Panel assumes the entrance essay provided by applicants is entirely their own work and is an accurate reflection of their writing ability. Journalism and communication, by necessity, require their practitioners to produce clean, competent copy on deadline, often without the benefit of external editing or extensive rewriting. Students who do not meet the expectations of writing may not achieve marks necessary for progression and could be required to withdraw from the program.

English Proficiency

Students born outside Canada whose first language is not English must provide proof of achieving a score of at least 107 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 8.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), taken within the last 2 years.

Information to Include in Online Application

The applicant will provide Western with the following information as part of the online application:
  • Name and personal information
  • Contact information
  • Academic background

  • Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
    • Past or current students of Western University are required to upload an electronic copy of their academic record to the online application. An unofficial academic record, available from your Western Student Center, can be used.
    • If you have attended or are currently enrolled at any university or college other than Western, you MUST upload and attach an electronic copy or scanned PDF copy of your transcripts from each institution attended to the online application. Applicants who are offered a space in the program will be required to provide one official* copy of their transcript to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies prior to the start of the program.
Applicants who are unable to attach an electronic, or scanned copy of their transcripts to the application must forward one official hard copy* of their transcript by mail to:

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
International and Graduate Affairs Building, Room 1N07
Western University, London, ON N6A 3K7

* Western considers a transcript official only if it is received in a university envelope that is sealed and signed on the flap by the official person in the office issuing the transcript. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English, a certified translation must also be included. (Non-English transcripts from institutions within Canada do not require a translation.)

  • Proficiency in English Scores (if applicable). Applicant must have testing service send score electronically to Western. Proof of proficiency in English is required from applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not completed a four year university degree in Canada, the US, or the UK.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score required: 107 Internet-based. Western's TOEFL ID is 0984
    • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum score required: 8

  • Referee Information
    Applicants are required to enter the names and contact information (including e-mail address) of two academic referees (academic referees are people who have taught the applicant in a university degree credit course) into the online application. If several years have passed since the applicant attended university, references from supervisors in professional employment may be substituted. Once the information is entered into the application, each referee will receive a request via e-mail within 24 hours to complete an electronic recommendation form on the applicant’s behalf. A link to the form will be included in the e-mail. The applicant will receive an e-mail when Western receives the referee's letter of recommendation.

  • Non-refundable application fee of CAD $115.00

Supplementary Documents to include with Application

The following supplementary documents are to be uploaded and attached to the online application in MS Word or PDF format:
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae detailing academic, professional, and volunteer experience
  • A 750 word autobiographical essay written in journalistic style
  • Samples of published journalism-related and communications-related work (if applicable)
  • Evidence of media activities - blogs, audio, video, design work, social media and anything related to using media to tell a story (if applicable)
  • For permanent residents of Canada only, please include a photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card or a photocopy of your Record of Landing. If you are applying to be a permanent resident, but have not been granted landed-immigrant status, you must apply as an international applicant.
  • Proof of name change, if applicable (photocopy of change of name documentation, such as marriage certificate or other legal change of name and a photocopy of photo ID showing your current name)

Questions About Applications/Admissions

Questions regarding the application procedure should be directed to:

Shelley Long
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Room 240, North Campus Building
Western University
London, Ontario
Phone: (519) 661-4017
slong@uwo.ca