The Best Canadian Universities for Journalism, Ranked

If you have a passion for storytelling, you’re probably seriously thinking of studying journalism at university.

In today’s digital age, journalists need to be able to work in several mediums, from video to podcasting to TikTok. Even if you decide to pursue a career in a different field later, a journalism degree will equip you with skills that can be applied to any industry that deals with communications.

To help you find the best program, we evaluated schools based on the following criteria:

–Quality of Undergraduate Journalism Education

–School Features (i.e facilities, classes, etc.)

–Reputation

–Campus Life

–Internships and Placements

Without further ado, these are the best Canadian universities for Journalism, in ascending order.

5. The University of British Columbia

Although UBC does not offer an undergraduate Journalism program, it has a Bachelor of Media Studies program, which includes journalism as one of their key disciplines.

Quality of Education

UBC’s four-year media studies program is broken down into three main parts: core courses, core plus courses and electives. The core courses give students a solid foundation with a focus on theory, research and application. The core-plus courses give students the chance to specialize. Elective credits can come from any course in the Faculty of Arts and at UBC.

School Features

This is a multi-disciplinary program. Classes include Journalism, Creative Writing, Art History, Film Studies, and Computer Science. Student projects are published on their website.

Reputation

UBC is ranked third overall in Canada, according to QS Top Universities. It ranks 34th in the world according to Times Higher Education. Past students have gone on to work in cutting-edge industries like UX/UI design and win prestigious scholarships.

Campus Life

UBC has two major campuses–Vancouver and the Okanagan. These areas are rich in arts and culture, with many museums and art centres. The school itself has over 350 clubs and societies. Athletics, lunchtime yoga, and campus events like the Great Trek are just a a few. UBC also has the largest Greek system in Canada.

Internships

UBC’s Media Studies co-op program offers students 12 months of paid work experience. The Arts Internship Program combines academics with professional skills development. Students get part-time, unpaid positions supporting non-profit organizations in Vancouver area. There are also work opportunities with digital publications like The Artifice, Disorder Magazine, and CiTR Radio. The program recently launched a journal of media studies.

 

4. The University of King’s College

Quality of Education

The University of King’s College, a.k.a. King’s, offers a four-year Journalism program with an honours degree. The first year of study is more theory with a focus on humanities. In second year, students hit the ground running. They learn how to break news, stream interviews and publish features to different platforms.

School Features

The school’s media outlet The Signal is revered for the quality of its reporting. In recent years, students have covered a murder trial from start to finish, and have won regional and national awards.

Reputation

King’s is the oldest university in Canada. Past alumni have gone on to work at The Globe and Mail, the UN Refugee Agency and the Associated Press.

Campus Life

King’s is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s small compared to other schools on this list. With a student population of 1200, it’s good for students looking for a tight-knit campus community. King’s has eight varsity sports teams and, according to their website, nearly all their students participate in clubs and societies.

Internships

In the fourth year, all students must complete a month-long internship at an approved outlet. In the past, students have worked for newsrooms such as the Canadian Press, CBC, and Sportsnet. Most students do their internship in Canada, but some have done them abroad in New York, Chile and Beirut.

 

3. Concordia University

Quality of Undergraduate Journalism Education

Concordia offers a Bachelor of Arts Journalism degree that takes three to four years of full-time study to complete. The school offers training in a variety of subject areas such as photo journalism, video journalism and radio news.

School Features

Concordia has 17 scholarships and awards for undergrads. They offer state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities, studios, and labs. This gives students a taste of what it’s like to work in a real newsroom. Lastly, students graduate bilingual. They must demonstrate a working knowledge of French to obtain their degree.

Reputation

Concordia is one of Canada’s largest universities. It ranks 17th overall in Canada, according to the QS World University Rankings. Alumni have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards, won prestigious book prizes and worked for the CBC, Athletic Montreal and the Ottawa Citizen.

Campus Life

Concordia is located in Montreal, Quebec–a city rich in culture and diversity. It is also one of the best places in the world to be a student. That’s because if its diversity, affordability, employment opportunities, and arts and culture scene.

Internships

Concordia’s co-op program allows students to switch between periods of study with periods of paid, full-time work terms at news organizations. While the co-op program is optional, it’s quite competitive. Admission is based on the student’s incoming academic record and an interview.

 

2. Carleton University

Quality of Education

Established in 1945, Carleton University’s Journalism school is the oldest in Canada. This program is best for students who want to focus on news and political reporting and prefer a more theoretical approach to teaching. Their grading system is fairly strict. Students have to maintain a minimum B+ average at the end of the first year to advance to the second year.

School Features

The school offers international exchanges and has a student-run digital news hub based in downtown Ottawa. Students can combine Journalism classes with majors or minors in other programs and take specialized courses in topics like investigative journalism, photojournalism and business reporting.

Reputation

Carleton University is ranked 22nd overall in Canada, according to QS World University Rankings. Its Journalism program is considered one of the best in the country. CBC journalist and host Rosemary Barton, the Globe and Mail’s senior international writer Mark MacKinnon and The Walrus’ managing editor Samia Madwar are just a few who got their start there.

Campus Life

Carleton is located in Ottawa, Ontario–Canada’s Capital. Journalism students are only a short bus ride away from Parliament Hill and numerous national organizations, museums, and historical and architectural landmarks. There are also many parks, green spaces, and waterways that wind through the city. Back on campus, Carleton is home to over 200 clubs and societies.

Internships

Students who have obtained third or fourth-year standing in the Bachelor of Journalism Program or those enrolled in the Master of Journalism Program can participate in unpaid placements to meet mandatory internship requirements. Advanced standing Master’s students might also be eligible.

 

1. Ryerson University

Quality of  Education

Ryerson’s School of Journalism offers a four-year program with a very hands-on teaching approach. Students learn storytelling techniques for tv, radio and digital. The professors at Ryerson are a mix of academics and working journalists.

School Features

Students at Ryerson have access to industry-level facilities. They can also contribute to three different student publications, the Ryerson Review of Journalism, the Ryersonian and RSJ Radio.

Reputation

It’s almost impossible to talk about the best Journalism schools in Canada without Ryerson coming up. It’s known to have produced some of Canada’s top journalists, with graduates working at notable media outlets like the Globe and Mail, and CBC. Ryerson ranked is among the top 30 schools in Canada.

Campus Life

Ryerson is located in the heart of Toronto, one of the most livable cities in the world. Top Toronto attractions like the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and St. Lawrence Market are just a short walk or TTC ride away. Ryerson also offers many ways for students to get involved in campus life, from varsity and recreational athletics to student groups and course unions to volunteer and mentorship opportunities.

Internships

Undergraduate students can do an internship once they have achieved a fourth-year standing in the program. They have the option to go on a six-week full-time or twelve-week part-time internship. They can work in a variety of environments, from traditional newsrooms to government offices.

As you can see, there are many factors to consider when evaluating schools. Keep in mind that even if you have your sights set on the top program, you should consider location and university life. Another school in another city might be a better fit.

Either way, now that you know which schools are the best of the best, you can narrow down your search and prepare your applications. Good luck!

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