Why Choose the MMJC?
A legacy and future of great storytellingForty years ago, Western began a unique master’s degree in journalism – a one-year degree that has helped graduates shape journalism in Canada and around the world. Since then, the media landscape has changed radically. Today's journalists need more integrated media skills and the ability to look forward and anticipate which new tools and digital platforms will help them tell their stories best. Professionals working in public relations, media relations and other communications fields need to understand how to incorporate the same media techniques in their work. Both fields rely on common skills – storytelling, concise writing, interviewing, research, and multimedia skills.
Journalists and professionals in PR and communications alike communicate with a wider public. Does this mean they do the same job? Of course not, but understanding how the fields work together will make you a better storyteller in both. The growing influence public relations officials have on journalists makes it increasingly important for journalists to understand the role of professional communications. And the more professional communicators know the role of journalists in the media, the better they will be able to do their jobs.
A one-year master's degree
Western continues its commitment to keeping its journalism education to a one-year period. This makes for an intense, exciting year, but you will come out of it with the appreciation for deadlines and the fast pace of media work that will serve you well.
You will have two terms on Western's beautiful campus in the Fall and Winter terms, and in the summer, you can decide where you'd like to pursue your internship. All the coursework of the final term can be done virtually.
Our graduates find work in the media field
A month after graduation, nearly 85% of our inaugural MMJC class had found work in the field of media, journalism and communications. Approximately one-third are working in journalism, and two-thirds are working in communications, or closely related media jobs such as social media management or digital strategies.
A focus on mediaIn addition to learning how to tell a great story, you will receive education with an integrative approach to media. Stories may need an anchor medium – text, video or audio – but the landscape today requires that you understand how to work with all media and how to put them together. We'll help you understand the underlying principles of media production and we'll give you the chance to think deeply about how media works culturally, technologically, and socio-economically. Our goal is not only to help prepare you for work when you graduate, but to give you the strategic and contextual thinking you'll need to be adaptable as the media landscape continues to evolve.
A master's degree is a competitive long-term advantageIn addition to preparing you for a job right out of the gates, the higher level of education you get at Western will serve you throughout your career. It will open doors that would otherwise be closed to you, particularly in the government, educational and non-profit sectors.
The Council of Ontario Universities' 2014 report on employment outcomes by education shows that graduates with master's-level education have the highest rates of employment compared with those who just have a bachelor's or college diploma. And significantly, master-level education has seen a 21% increase in job growth since the economic downturn in 2008. (Compared with 17% bachelor's and 1% college.) Check out more statistics here.