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Students who are interested in applying to the Ryerson School of Journalism should visit the course calendar for an overview of the program and the journalism admissions page for an overview of the admissions process.

How do I apply?

If you are an Ontario Secondary School Students, you must apply through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) at

If you are applying as an International, out-of-province or transfer student, please visit Ryerson’s Undergraduate Admissions website here.

What are the academic requirements?

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements. Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70 % or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U)

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available here.

If English is not your first language, you may need to: (a) provide proof of English Language Proficiency or (b) write the Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP).

What are the non-academic requirements?

  • Essay: “Tell us how a specific work of journalism (not your own) from a newspaper, magazine, broadcast or online had an impact on your desire to study journalism.” Type your essay on a separate sheet of paper. Write 300 words (approx.).
  • List your relevant life and journalistic experience (e.g. community or school newspaper, blog, yearbook, co-op, second language, travel, extra-curricular activities and volunteer work). Please write your answers legibly by hand on a separate 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper.
  • Non-Academic Requirements Fee Form with confirmation of payment
  • Portfolio: Examples of your work can enhance your application – please send a maximum of three. We want to see samples of the kind of work a journalist produces. Your portfolio may contain:
    • Newspaper, radio, podcasts, video or online material (blog posts, stories for online news media) that have been published or broadcast.
    • Work produced specifically for the portfolio: journalistic stories you wrote and produced based on your own research, interviewing, reporting and writing.
    • Radio, podcasts, TV or video work can be submitted on a DVD or send URL/links.
  •  Do NOT submit originals, as they will not be returned. The application package will NOT be returned.
  • Do NOT submit: creative work, essays, poetry or fiction.
  • Do NOT put your portfolio in plastic sheets or elaborate packaging.
  • Do NOT include letters of reference.

What counts as journalistic and life experience ?

Journalistic experience can include things like working on your school newspaper or yearbook; newspaper, radio or TV work (paid or volunteer); co-op placements, etc. The life experience should include any other experience you have that you feel is relevant. This can include things like second languages, volunteer work, travel, hobbies, extra-curricular activities, etc. Both your journalistic and life experience should be legibly handwritten on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

What are you looking for in a portfolio?

Examples of your work can enhance your application. You may submit a maximum of six photocopied newspaper clippings and/or radio/TV scripts and/or your own unpublished work. Unpublished work should be non-fiction and written in a journalistic style. Do not include creative work, poetry, essays, fictional short stories, video or audio tapes, etc. Do not put your material in a fancy binder. Just send the pages.

Click here to find out more from first-year students on how they completed the portfolio.

Are there language requirements for the program?

All journalism courses are given in English and students are expected to perform above average in written and spoken English.

Applicants from a country where English is not the official language, or where English is an official language but not the first language, including applicants who have resided in Canada for four calendar years or less (i.e. your date of entry to Canada was on or after Jan. 1, 2011 for Fall 2015), are required to present proof of English language proficiency at a satisfactory level.

Applicants who are required to provide proof of English language proficiency may choose to register for and write the Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP) or submit alternate English language proficiency test results.

A list of acceptable alternate tests of English language proficiency and minimum English proficiency results can be found here.

Can I apply for January entrance? Can I defer my acceptance to January?

The program runs from September to April. You cannot start in January.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?

The journalism program is a full-time, daytime course of study. In their first year, students have approximately 20 hours per week of course time. In addition, they can expect 10 to 20 hours of course work each week. Courses are given during the day from September to April.

How many students are in the program?

Approximately 130 students are accepted to the four-year program.

Are there internships?

In their final year, most students spend seven weeks in an internship (industry placement).

I just want to go into broadcast; do I have to take courses in other fields of journalism?

Yes, you will have to take courses that cover print, online and broadcast journalism in the first two years of the program.

I took journalism courses at another post-secondary institution / I want to transfer from another program; can my credits be transferred or can I get an advanced standing in the program?

Transfer credits are evaluated on a case by case basis. It is extremely rare for the School of Journalism to accept journalism credits from other institutions as transfer credits

I've moved since I applied to the program; how do I submit my change of address?

During the admissions process, OUAC applicants who wish to change their address must do so with the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC).  Instructions on how to change your address and personal information can be found on the OUAC website at

I still have unanswered questions. Can I schedule an appointment to talk to someone?

During the school year, Ryerson University hosts Open House days for future students to explore the campus. The first part of the tour discusses Ryerson University in general and the second part is faculty-specific. The School of Journalism tours are hosted by faculty and students of the program. For more information or to register for tours, go to: For more information please contact us at or 416-979-5319.