Tuition & Finances

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Category II funding information

As a professional program the MMJC is classified differently (Category II) from thesis-based master's programs (Category I). It does not have the guaranteed funding package that thesis-based programs offer. However, there are a wide range of options for obtaining financial assistance. Please browse the lists below for bursary, scholarship and loan options.

Financial information for MMJC students

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees for the Master of Media in Journalism & Communication program are set by the University. For full information, visit the Office of the Registrar's Fee Schedules page.

Admissions Scholarships

The recipients of the following Admission Scholarships will be selected by the Faculty of Information & Media Studies Scholarships and Awards Committee. No application is required, unless otherwise indicated.

Martha Blackburn Journalism Entrance Scholarship
Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student enrolled in in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies entering the MMJC program, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, based on academic achievement. Preference will be given to a female student. The recipient will be selected by the MMJC Admissions Committee within FIMS with at least one representative who is a current member of SGPS. This scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from Blackburn Radio Inc.

Mary Helen Sweeney Scholarship
Awarded to a student entering the MMJC program, based on outstanding academic achievement (minimum 80% entrance average).

David Vienneau CanWest Journalism Scholarship
Awarded annually to a student in good academic standing who is entering the MMJC program. The successful applicant will have displayed high academic achievement in a post-secondary undergraduate program (minimum 80% average) and may not be the recipient of any other major award for the University in that particular year.  This scholarship was established by The CanWest Global Foundation in memory of David Vienneau (MA Journalism '75), a leading Canadian journalist and a member of the CanWest organization from 1988 to 2004.

John K. Elliott Scholarship in Journalism
Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student entering the MMJC program, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average) and demonstrated financial need. Students will be invited to apply during the first term, after orientation.

Norman Jewison Admission Scholarship
Awarded to a minority applicant entering the MMJC program, assessed on his/her academic record, with preference given where possible to a student of Native Canadian ancestry.

Evanov Radio Group Journalism Entrance Scholarship
Awarded annually to a full-time student entering the MMJC program who is a Canadian citizen, based on academic achievement and potential in journalism. The recipient will be selected each year by the Dean of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies in consultation with at least one member of the admissions committee in the MMJC program who also holds membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was established by the Evanov Radio Group.  

Manjunath and Roja Pendakur South Asian Student Scholarship in Journalism
Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student in the MMJC program based on academic achievement (minimum 78% admission average). Priority will be given to students who can provide documented evidence that at least one of their ancestors (parent, grandparent, great-grandparent) came from a South Asian country either directly or by diaspora. These countries include: Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Tibet, Afghanistan, and Bhutan. The deadline for applications is September 30. The recipient will be selected by the Associate Dean and the Manager, Graduate Student Services, in consultation with the appropriate faculty members. This scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Manjunath and Mrs. Roja Pendakur, gifts from the South Asian community, and matching gifts from the University and Foundation Western.

Reader’s Digest Foundation Journalism Entrance Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time graduate student entering the MMJC program, based on excellent academic achievement and outstanding potential in journalism. The recipient will be selected by the Dean of the Faculty of Information & Media Studies in consultation with at least one faculty member who holds membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was established by the Reader’s Digest Foundation.

Susan Kennedy Grant Memorial Entrance Scholarship
Awarded annual to a full-time graduate student entering the MMJC program based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average) and demonstrated financial need. Students will be invited to apply during the first term, after orientation.

Heather J. Hiscox Award in Journalism and Ethics
Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student entering the Master of Media in Journalism & Communication program in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, based on academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in journalism and ethics. The recipient will be selected by the Media in Journalism & Communication Admissions Committee within the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.  At least one representative of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) in recognition of the work of Heather J. Hiscox (MA '87, Journalism) and her grandmother, Jean. The OMDC's contribution is combined with an estate gift from Peter Frederick James Miller.

Heather is a nationally acclaimed journalist and news anchor.

Peter F.J. Miller Entrance Scholarship
Awarded annually to a graduate student entering the Master of Media in Journalism and Communication program, with academic achievement. The Scholarship Committee in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies will select the recipient. At least one representative of the committee must hold current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was established by Mr. Peter F.J. Miller (Dip ‘67, Journalism).

Additional Funding Sources


The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies also maintains a comprehensive listing of both internal and external funding sources. This includes grants, bursaries and workstudy programs.

Other Loans/Bursaries

Peter and Hazel Desbarats Bursary
Available to a student enrolled in the MMJC program in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies and who has demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates strong journalistic and scholarly skills and leadership in the community. Selection will be made by the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

Andrew MacFarlane Memorial Bursary
Available to a student entering the MMJC program based on financial need. Applicants for the bursary must have a minimum academic average of 78% and must submit a letter explaining their financial need along with a budget outlining financial resources and expenses.

Applications must be submitted to the Coordinator, FIMS Graduate Student Services, by May 20. The recipient will be selected by the FIMS Associate Dean and Manager, Graduate Student Services, in consultation with the appropriate faculty members.




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