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Bachelor of Journalism

Canada

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What will I learn?

From war zones to capital cities, from courtrooms to boardrooms, and in hospitals, police stations, sports arenas and church basements, journalists rush to places where events occur. They ask questions, report what they see and hear, and offer analysis of the changes and issues that shape our society.

As key players in the workings of every democracy, journalists should be well educated, thoughtful, analytical, conscious of the responsibility that comes with their job, and equipped with a moral compass to guide their decisions.

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Journalism program is offered through the School of Journalism and Communication, one of Carleton’s flagship departments, and the oldest, largest and best-known Journalism School in the country.

For more than 70 years, our graduates, benefiting from a demanding and intense curriculum that combines professional course work with traditional academic studies, have filled the ranks of the media and related occupations in Canada and around the world.

Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

At Carleton, there are three elements to our Journalism program. First, we emphasize professional skills: everything from grammatical fluency to the production of multimedia story packages. Second, we focus on the role of the media in a free society. Third, we ensure you get a broad-based university education. With this last element in mind, you will choose more than half of your courses from fields outside journalism, including at least 4.0 credits in one particular discipline of your choosing—such as English, Business, History, Political Science or Law—to give you a strong grounding in another academic field.

Bachelor of Journalism with a Concentration in Health Sciences

In partnership with the Faculty of Science, Carleton offers a Bachelor of Journalism with a Concentration in Health Sciences. This unique collaboration, not offered anywhere else in Canada, allows students to explore journalism and science communication. The combination is increasingly relevant in a world driven by public expectations for clear explanations and justifications for health science policy.

With a combined degree, you must fulfill the mandatory course requirements for both the Bachelor of Journalism and the Combined Honours option of the other discipline. Students may choose from Combined Honours programs offered in a range of Bachelor of Arts disciplines, including Art History, Indigenous and Canadian Studies, English, European and Russian Studies, Film Studies, French, Geography, Greek and Roman Studies, History, Human Rights, Law, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Anthropology, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$34,598.07 (US$ 25,804) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Faculty of Public Affairs

D391, Loeb Building,

1125 Colonel By Drive,

OTTAWA,

Ontario (ON),

K1S 5B6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Secondary school (high school) graduation is the typical level required for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program. English language requirement: Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Minimum score of 70 overall with a minimum score of 60 on each band; Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL: 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 reading and listening); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 IELTS (min 6.0 each band); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 60 (min 60 in each Communicative Skill); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85 (min. score of 80 on each section).

For international students

Secondary school (high school) graduation is the typical level required for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program.

Entry requirements vary country by country.

Students who submit any of the scores below may be eligible for an offer with no further ESL requirement and may begin full time degree studies.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Minimum score of 70 overall with a minimum score of 60 on each band

Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL - 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 reading and listening)

IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 IELTS (min 6.0 each band)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 60 (min 60 in each Communicative Skill)

Cambridge English Language test - 176 or above on C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency – min 169 in each component

Duolingo English Test (DET) - 115 (with no subtest score below 90)

Application Deadline: April 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Carleton University

Students at Carleton University experience immersive learning through degree-related work experience, hands-on research, and community engagement.

  • Located in a beautiful green space close to downtown Ottawa
  • Most programs offer co-op (paid work-study experience)
  • 14 per cent of students are international
  • Second most sustainable university in Canada

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