Applying for the course

The deadline for applications for the 2018 year is 7 November 2017, although late applications may be accepted.

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 in newspapers, magazines or other outlets. Although a portfolio is not mandatory, it is an advantage. 

The interviews are held in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing in Mt Cook, Wellington. This is also where the on-campus training is conducted. Click here for a map showing how to find the School. 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 enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism course you need to have a university degree or have completed a university degree by the time the course starts (mid-February).

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

Increase your chances

To increase your chances of being accepted onto the course, 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.

School leavers interested in pursuing journalism as a career should first study an undergraduate degree of their choice, such as a Bachelor of Communication or Bachelor of Arts. Good subjects to take include Journalism Studies, History (especially New Zealand History), Economics, Political Science, Business, Geography and English. The ideal qualification to take is Massey's Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Journalism Studies.

For other degrees, you should strongly consider doing some of Massey's Journalism Studies papers (contact your university's administrators to make sure you can cross-credit the papers).

These papers offer a solid grounding for journalism study. Good papers to include are 219.231 Introduction to Journalism, 219.234 Editing and Publishing, 219.335 Media Law and Ethics, and 219.339 History of Journalism. 

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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