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Entry requirements

This is a selected entry programme. Applications for entry to the full 180-credit programme (admission regulation 1) close at the end of October of the year prior to study.

Late applications may be considered for those seeking direct entry to Part Two (admission regulation 2).

  1. Admission to the Master of Journalism (180 credits) requires that candidates shall:
    • have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with at least a B grade average in the 300-level majoring courses or equivalent; and
    • have been selected into the programme on the basis of a portfolio and interview
  1. Admission directly to Part Two of the Master of Journalism requires that you have:
    1. a Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, or equivalent, with a grade point average across all 700-level courses of at least B; OR
    2. a Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Communication or Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Business (with equivalent Communication content) with a grade average across all 700-level courses of at least B AND have at least three years of professional experience as a journalist.

Note:  If your Postgraduate Diploma has been awarded, it must be surrendered and the credits transferred to the Master of Journalism (surrender of a qualification is only possible within five years of completion).

  • Candidates whose first language is not English, and who have not gained a New Zealand university entrance qualification, or an overseas entrance qualification in a country where the main language is English, will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English in the form of an academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or an equivalent TOEFL score, or other such evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

If you are applying for entry to the full 180 credit qualification, you will need to supply:

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae, including academic and work history
  • contact details of two referees
  • a portfolio of work you have submitted

Your portfolio should be uploaded where possible or sent to:
Academic Support
Massey University
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North

If you are applying for direct entry to Part Two you will need to supply:

  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae, detailing your work history
  • contact details of two referees

Shortlisted applicants will be subject to interview by the programme coordinator (this is usually by Skype).

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Master of Journalism structure

There are two pathways for the Master of Journalism:

Pathway 1: Students with an undergraduate degree who wish to enter the journalism industry

You begin by studying the taught courses full-time on campus in Wellington. This is the same as the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism which is a double-semester programme, starting in semester one each year.

Journalism project

You progress to Part Two and complete the Master of Journalism by researching and writing a journalism project. This can be undertaken full-time or part-time, on campus or by distance. This takes one semester (full-time) to complete. At least a B grade average is required over the Part One courses in order to progress to Part Two. Students who complete all of part one but do not achieve at least a B grade average will be exited with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

Pathway 2: Students with an undergraduate degree and at least three years’ journalism work experience

You are advised to contact the Master of Journalism co-ordinator Dr Catherine Strong (c.r.strong@massey.ac.nz) to check that your experience is sufficient.

Postgraduate diploma

You begin by studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication or Postgraduate Diploma in Business (with equivalent Communication content) full-time or part-time on campus in Wellington, Palmerston North or by distance. This comprises four courses and would normally take two semesters to complete (full-time, longer part-time). Provided you achieve at least a B grade average; you can transfer to Part Two of the Master of Journalism.

Journalism project

You complete the Master of Journalism by researching and writing a journalism project. This can be undertaken full-time or part-time, on campus or by distance. This takes one semester (full-time, longer part-time) to complete. You will need to contact the Master of Journalism co-ordinator, Dr Catherine Strong (c.r.strong@massey.ac.nz) to organise suitable supervision for your project.

Direct entry to Part Two

Students who have been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and achieved at least a B grade average, may surrender their qualification and continue with the final 60 credit journalism project to complete the Master of Journalism.

Students who have been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication or a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (with equivalent Communication content) from Massey University, with at least a B grade average and who have at least three years of professional experience as a journalist may surrender their qualification and continue with the final 60 credit journalism project to complete the Master of Journalism.

You will need to contact the Master of Journalism co-ordinator, Dr Catherine Strong (c.r.strong@massey.ac.nz) to organise suitable supervision for your project.

Note: Surrender of qualifications must be made within 5 years of completion.

For more details, see Master of Journalism

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

Courses

All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

Part One Courses (120 credits)

219.711 Shorthand - 0 credits
219.712 Print News Journalism
219.713 Multi-media Journalism
219.714 Media Law, Ethics and Workplace Practice 
219.715 Research Methods in Journalism

Part Two Courses (60 credits)

219.890 Journalism Project (Part 1)
219.891 Journalism Project (Part II)


How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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