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Journalism, Bachelor of

Ministry Name: Bachelor of Journalism

Credential: Honours DegreeProgram Code: 22241Length: 8 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
      • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
      • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,953.82
  • international: $17,504.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,866.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,073.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,866.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,073.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

HUMBER PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM

Degree Entry: Fall    Apply Now 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Graduates from recognized institutions in Ontario with the same program learning outcomes as the Humber program may be eligible for admission into an advanced semester.

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PATHWAYS OUT TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Programs:

  • MBA
  • Master of Management
  • MBA Strategic Management Concentration

For those students who complete a 4 year degree at Humber, Davenport University will recognize the student's entire completed bachelor's degree. In order to meet Davenport University residency and program requirements students must complete the minimum number of credit hours in their chosen masters degree program with Davenport University. Completion of your masters degree will depend on how many courses a semester you are able to take. Students must meet all admission requirements to be accepted in the master's degree program of their choice.

 Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Programs:

  • MA Communication
  • MA Communications Policy
  • MA Diversity and the Media
  • MA Film
  • Television and Moving Image
  • MA Global Media
  • MA International Media Business
  • MA Media and Development
  • MA Media
  • Campaigning and Social Change
  • MA Public Relations
  • MA Social Media
  • Culture and Society
  • MA Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast)
  • MA Multimedia Journalism (Print and Online)

Humber College and the University of Westminster have partnered to create progression routes to Masters degrees for graduates of Humber's Bachelor of Journalism.  Students who have successfully completed this Humber Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above may receive direct entry to Westminster's Masters programs as indicated.  Approximate time for program completion is one year in duration.

Admission requirements:

For more information, contact:

Monika Parzych
Regional Manager 
University of Westminster 
E: M.Parzych01@westminster.ac.uk
Skype: monika,universityofwestminster

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Dan Rowe, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79312
dan.rowe@humber.ca

mediastudies.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre >

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Humber’s Bachelor of Journalism degree program provides you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the demanding job of being a journalist in the multi-platform digital environment. In addition to traditional skills like researching, reporting and interviewing, you will learn how to combine audio, text and video to create compelling online stories. Throughout this program, you will learn how to manage web-based content for websites and mobile devices, as well as how to integrate social media into your work.

You will study theoretical and practical aspects of journalism, and you’ll do it using the latest equipment in Humber’s Newsroom. You will have access to industry-standard hardware and software and learn from instructors with industry experience. You will also learn about the history of journalism and examine the role of journalists in society. General education electives will help you expand your knowledge in a variety of areas. Our program has been designed with input from journalists and media professionals, which helps us ensure the curriculum remains leading-edge and provides the skills required for a wide variety of journalism careers. To reflect the many types of journalism jobs available to you, our electives offer a wide variety of specializations in photojournalism, audio journalism, computational and video journalism, and specializations in areas such as business, sports, arts and entertainment, and lifestyle reporting.

Note: This program will be offered at the North Campus beginning in 2022.

Courses Learning Outcomes

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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Write and edit content for a variety of story forms and web-based applications.

  • Interview contacts and sources for a variety of media applications.

  • Examine and apply various journalistic and academic research methods assessing the credibility of international sources.

  • Analyze media theory and the role of the media in society.

  • Adhere to professional and ethical codes of conduct, guidelines and legal requirements.

  • Produce images and content for web-based applications.

  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Analyze society’s fundamental systems (political, legal, social diversity) and their connections to the journalistic world.

  • Analyze media law and journalistic responsibility.

  • Critique and analyze media practices and products.

  • Develop entrepreneurial skills related to the business of journalism.

  • Develop a portfolio of journalistic projects for work search purposes.

  • Establish a professional media identity based on an analysis of personal interests, opportunities, benefits, risks, marketing, strategies and audience.

  • Demonstrate conflict management strategies and negotiation skills required in journalistic work.

  • Work effectively and assertively in teams to achieve desired goals and resolve differing or opposing ideas and points of view.


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Work Placement

You will complete a 14-week work placement in the summer between years three and four. This placement provides an opportunity to gain experience in your chosen field and to meet professionals in journalism and digital communications settings. Many of the placements are offered in the Greater Toronto Area, a hub for Canada’s media industry. The work settings and the work itself support your professional development and will provide you with both the knowledge and skills required to enter the profession, as well as the confidence to perform the work required.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

The Humber Experience

Journalism video

Watch the video above to learn more about how Humber's Bachelor of Journalism degree program gives you the knowledge, skills and abilities required for a fast-paced career as a journalist or communications professional.

2018 Provincial election

Watch this video of Humber students covering the 2018 Provincial Election

The Humber Advantage

the Newsroom video

Newsroom equipment

Newsroom student

The Newsroom

The Newsroom features new and improved workspaces for students working on individual projects and collaborating to cover breaking news stories.

It also houses a series of fully equipped video and audio edit suites. Students will also be able to use a Dejero, allowing them to stream video live from virtually any location. The technology also allows multiple classes to be taught at the same time.

The Newsroom reinforces the digital journalism focus of the program, it adds to the technical proficiency of our students, keeping them at the cutting edge of the industry.

Humber Newsroom

HD Mobile Unit truck

HD Mobile Unit student

Inside Mobile Unit

The Humber HD TV Mobile Unit

The Humber School of Media Studies HD TV Mobile is a multi-camera television facility used for remote broadcast television production. The mobile contains all the high definition broadcast television equipment found in a television studio, but has the ability to travel to an event to cover it live.

It is a complete broadcast facility on wheels, with 6 HD broadcast television cameras, production switcher, audio console, camera control, digital recording and non-linear editing, slow motion replay and 3D graphic generator. It has the ability to record an event, or feed live to web stream, with satellite or terrestrial transmission.

The HD Television Mobile offers a “real-world” broadcast production experience for students, using “state-of-the-art” equipment found in similar industry facilities. Students learn and practice the exact skills that they will need after graduation.

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Student Testimonials

Watch the videos of the grads' testimonials from their places of work.

Explore the Newsroom

Take a 360 degree tour!

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Explore the Mobile Broadcast Truck

Take a 360 degree tour!

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Industry Support

"Your Journalism degree... is appropriately positioned to nurture and network a new generation of digitally literate and interdisciplinary journalists."
Ontario Digital Media Professionals' Guild

"As the television industry evolves, more and more employees will be called upon to multi-task across various media platforms."
Cal Johnson, news director

Tell, Share, and Shape Your Stories

In the digital age, journalists have far more reach than ever before to tell stories, share images, and shape opinions. As media organizations change to meet the demands of the public, there are opportunities for people with modern skill sets to begin their careers. Use your digital and social media skills to succeed in the evolving fields of journalism and communications. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada forecasts that media and communications job openings will increase over the next decade.

Our Faculty

You'll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Jeffrey Berman

BA (Honours), Political Science – University of Western Ontario
MA Journalism - University of Western Ontario
Professor

Mike Karapita

Master of Journalism – Carleton University

Professor 

Steven James May

PhD Communication and Culture York & Ryerson University 
M.A  Media Production Ryerson University 
B.A.A. Radio and Television Arts Ryerson University
B.A.S. Administrative Studies  Trent University

Siobhan Moore


MMM (Media Management) – University of Missouri
Professor

Dan Rowe


PhD – Syracuse University, NY, USA

M.A – Journalism University of Western Ontario
B.A. – History Queen’s University
Professor/program co-ordinator

 


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Your Career

Technology, the Internet and social media have forever changed how information is created and shared. In the digital age, journalists have far more reach than ever before, as news organizations experiment with innovative ways to tell stories and shape opinions using a range of media across multiple platforms. Our program puts you on the inside track to this challenging and fast-paced profession.

When you graduate, you will be ready to experience the thrill of reporting on important local, national and international news, as well as sports, entertainment and lifestyle stories with the reward of keeping audiences up-to-date with informative, compelling stories. You will reflect the world back to audiences across today’s multimedia spectrum where information can be accessed through print, broadcast, the web and mobile media. Reporting live from the scene of breaking news, you will learn to craft informative stories about current affairs and put issues and trends into context with insightful analysis.

In addition to journalism, you will have the skills to pursue a career as a web content producer, media relations manager, editor, communications specialist and researcher, as well as a variety of positions relating to digital media production.

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Program Features

Journalism Flip Book

Unique Projects

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In a rapidly changing digital landscape, Transmedia creates multi-dimensional storytelling experiences that provides audiences the opportunity to be engaged like never before. Immersive, collaborative and deeply engaging, Transmedia revolves around the telling of stories using a variety of platforms. The overall narrative experience is intended to be enhanced by audience engagement with each successive platform.

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