Why Choose the MMJC Program?
Does the MMJC program fit you, and are you a good fit for the MMJC?
Space in the Master of Media in Journalism & Communication program is limited to 40 students per year, and the application process is competitive. While your grades from your undergraduate degree matter, we know that the strongest classes are ones where students come from diverse backgrounds. We have designed the program so that it works for students who have studied in a variety of disciplines, including the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
If you’re curious, love to tell stories, enjoy applying theory to practice, and are keen to develop a broad range of communication skills, we’re the right program for you.
A one-year master’s degree
A teaching approach based on a mix of practical skills, hands-on practice, and theoretical background, makes for an intense, exciting and challenging year. You’ll be well-served by coming out of the program with an appreciation for deadlines, and an understanding of the many demands of media and communications work.
You’ll spend two terms—fall and winter-- on Western's beautiful campus. In the final summer term, you can decide where you'd like to pursue your internship. All summer coursework can be done virtually.
A one-year degree will also help to keep your cost-of-living expenses down. London, Ontario, is a far more affordable than larger urban centres, but it still offers a thriving media scene. Unlike other programs, you’ll be finished in one year, and this will save a year's worth of tuition and other expenses.
Our grads work for all sorts of companies, including news organizations, marketing and PR agencies, government ministries, hospitals, NGOs, banks, and other businesses, organizations and corporations, large and small. The core storytelling skills you’ll learn will serve you well in almost any workplace.
Why Journalism and Communication?
Journalists and public relations professionals communicate with a wider public. Does this mean they do the same job? Of course not, but understanding how the fields work—separately and together-- will enhance your story-telling skills in both. Today's journalists and communications professionals need enhanced classic media skills as well as the ability to anticipate which new tools and digital platforms will help them tell their stories best. Both fields rely on common skills – storytelling, concise writing, interviewing, research and multimedia, and social networking fluency. Western has been training some of Canada's greatest storytellers for decades. We can teach you, too.