Master of Journalism (MJ)

Two-Year Master of Journalism 

The Master of Journalism offered jointly by Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College prepares students to tell in-depth, evidence-based stories to the public. The degree focuses on storytelling, reporting practice and methods of journalism research. Graduates will have the skills to enter a newsroom or any field that requires advanced analytical and communication skills.

This full-time two-year program begins in September each year. It has 54 credit hours, divided as follows:

Fall (Year 1) 21 hours
Winter 12 hours
Summer 3 hours
Fall (Year 2) 9 hours
Winter 3 hours

Electives to be taken during program: 6 hours

Students begin the program with an introduction to standards of ethical and legal conduct, alongside research, interviewing and storytelling skills in audio, video and text. They sharpen their journalism skills in text and images by completing a workshop in news reporting for online platforms.

As they progress through the program, they delve into advanced research skills, data journalism techniques and contemporary issues in the profession. They learn visual storytelling methods and gain an understanding of the business environment for journalism while taking two electives to build their subject matter expertise.

In their second year, students will complete a professional project under the supervision of faculty. This research-intensive, visually compelling feature demonstrates the student’s ability to explore an important story in the public interest. The professional project is a significant component of the degree requirement and the centerpiece of the student’s portfolio.

The degree also includes an option of admission in January of Year 1 for applicants who have a journalism degree or deep work experience in the field.

Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website at dalgrad.dal.ca and/or the School of Journalism website at ukings.ca/mj for more information.