Applying to study journalism

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

If you do not yet have a degree, we recommend you start your pathway to becoming a journalist with the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism).

You do need to have university entrance to enter this three year undergraduate degree programme, but there are no other special requirements for enrolment. You may apply through the Massey online enrolment system up until the end of February.

Note that in your third year you may choose a 'journalism research track' (if you wish to go on to further study) or a 'journalism practice track' if you wish to become a practicing journalist. You will choose different courses, depending on which track you choose. You can choose these courses after you commence the degree.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

PREREQUISITES

To enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism programme you need to have a university degree or have completed a university degree by the time the course starts (mid-February). 

You may take any subject for your undergraduate degree. We encourage applications from people with degrees outside the traditional arts areas, such as science, law, business, economics or finance, as well from the traditional areas of English, political science, geography and English. The ideal qualification to take is Massey's Bachelor of Communication (Journalism).

If you do choose a degree outside of journalism, you should strongly consider doing some of Massey's journalism courses (contact your university's administrators to make sure you can cross-credit).

DEADLINE

The deadline for applications is the end of October the year before you start, although late applications may be accepted.

Selection interview

Entry into the course is competitive, with only a maximum of about 25 places, and you will need to pass a selection interview. Submission of a pre-selection form is required, together with a portfolio of any work you have had published. A portfolio is not mandatory, but it is an advantage.

The interviews are held in Wellington. Interviews with prospective students based overseas are conducted by telephone or online via Skype.

Qualities sought

  • A passion for journalism
  • Good English
  • Good general knowledge
  • Dedication to accuracy
  • Knowledge of current affairs

To increase your chances of being accepted onto the programme, we suggest you do some volunteer writing at your local community newspaper and/or publish news stories in your student magazine. A portfolio of published news stories demonstrates your enthusiasm for a career in journalism.

NZ students

Please complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Selected Entry Application and Enrolment forms available here.

International students

Please contact the International Office at Massey and they will guide you through the process for international students. 

Email: International@massey.ac.nz

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Journalism student examining photo proofs Master of Journalism

This world-leading degree in journalism is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.

Your first year is the same as the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, so the information above regarding application applies. This is a selected entry programme requiring a B+ average in your undergraduate qualifications.

You may choose two pathways.

  • Admission to Pathway One master's requires you must have an undergraduate degree and you must go through a selection process by the time your study starts in February. The deadline for applications is the end of October the year before you start.
  • Admission to Pathway Two requires you have the Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism or equivalent qualification and experience as a journalist. The deadline for applications is the end of October the year before you start but late applications may be considered for this pathway.

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For further information please contact: 

Claudia Silva
Programme Support Administrator
Ph +64 4 979 3758
Email C.Silva@massey.ac.nz

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