Master of Journalism

Master of Journalism

University of King's College

Gain the skills to inquire deeply into topics that matter to you. And the ability to tell those important, evidence-based stories to others.

Are you passionate about something? Eager to inquire more deeply and tell the world what you’ve found? Are you wondering how to do that with your existing undergraduate degree? The two-year Master of Journalism (MJ) program is for you. Find out more about this program by watching this webinar, recorded on January 25, 2023, featuring faculty members, former students and an admissions expert.

Gain valuable research and storytelling skills, and begin building your portfolio of published stories soon after you start. Dive into public records and data, and learn to ask good questions. Tell the stories that inspire change in innovative ways.

As part of the Master of Journalism program, you will complete a professional project you will be proud to share with the public. Recent students in the program have told the story of parents in rural areas facing costly access to hospital care for their children, and used data to probe quality of life in Canadian communities.

You will join the strong network of King’s Master of Journalism alumni working as journalists across Canada and around the globe, such as Sofia Ortega, who reported from Mexico on the migrant caravan for the Associated Press, and Alexander Quon, who investigated seven years of food inspection records in Nova Scotia for a Global News series.

Gold Award
Best Student Journalism
Atlantic Journalism Awards 2018
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Gold Award
Best Publication (Academic)
Best Video Content (Academic)
Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2018

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The Master of Journalism takes roughly two years to complete, spanning five academic semesters. Most students begin in the fall (September) by taking introductory reporting courses alongside Bachelor of Journalism students and gaining experience as part of a working newsroom.

Deeper instruction begins in the winter term of year one—including advanced research skills, visual storytelling techniques, and examinations of industry practice. If your undergraduate degree is in journalism or you have deep experience as a working journalist, you can join the MJ program at this point.

You have the option of studying away from campus for two of the semesters—the summer semester between years one and two and the winter semester of year two.

Build a program that suits your interests and professional goals, with two electives at King’s, Dalhousie University or another institution, related to the topic-area of your professional project.

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Year One

Year Two

Professional Project

The professional project is a substantial, in-depth piece of journalism. Normally it consists of several thousand words of text plus photos. The project will involve broad, deep research, multiple interviews, excellent photography and precise writing. It can be based on data and include online multimedia such as data visualizations, but these will not be required for all projects. The courses in the rest of the program will help you develop the skills needed to do excellent work.

The professional project is expected to be of such quality that it can be published in a major media outlet such as a national or international magazine, newspaper or online publication. It will be completed over nine months starting in the summer between the first and second academic years. Students will receive one-on-one mentoring from faculty, leading journalists and independent experts.

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Elective requirements

Two electives at the 6xxx.03 level must be completed. These can be from the following King’s courses, from Dalhousie University, or with approval, courses from other institutions, and can be completed in any term except the first fall term. All elective credits taken at King’s or Dalhousie are charged at the Journalism program rate.

"The program opened a door for me. It is awesome to do investigative reports, data mining and analysis!"

Yu Na
Yu Na

Editor MyCOS Research, Beijing, Master of Journalism, 2012

In addition to the Master of Journalism program, King’s also offers a one-year Bachelor of Journalism. You can compare the programs which one is right for you.


Get more information about graduate and advanced journalism programs; watch our ‘Master of Journalism Program’ webinar from January 25, 2023.

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