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Journalism: Bachelor Degree


Intake
  • Fall
  • Winter

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience

Courses in this program are offered using online and/or hybrid delivery method in Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 due to COVID-19. Confirm directly with TRU about the learning method.

  • Campuses
    Kamloops

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  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $5700 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1500 - $2000 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • University Course Transfer
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Temporarily online/hybrid Summer 2020
    • Temporarily online/hybrid Fall 2020

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out TRU's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is strongly recommended.

This program may continue to accept applications as space permits. Please contact admissions@tru.ca for specific program application extensions.

Note: completed applications which are received before the application deadline may be considered for early review.

The supporting document deadline, including high school and post-secondary transcripts, is the same date as the application deadline or within 10 days of submission of the application or whichever is later.

Application Fee: $29.83

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)


Option A: Year-One Entry

1. One of:

  • high school graduation or equivalent 
  • mature student status (be at least 19 years old and out of school for at least two years)
2. English

One of:

  • English Studies 12 (73%)
  • English First Peoples 12 (73%)
  • out-of-province equivalent (73%)
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test (level 5 on composition with at least 70% on all other categories in last two years)
  • ENGL 0600 (C+)
  • ESAL 0570 (C+) and 0580 (C+)
  • Acceptable result in TRU English Assessment
  • equivalent course

Non-Academic

  • Submit a 500 word or less writing sample on the topic "Why I Want to be a Journalist"
  • A meeting with the department chair before the application deadline is recommended (in person, by phone, or email) 
Option B: Year-Three Entry
  • completion of 60 post-secondary credits; 48 credits of which must be journalism credits (assessed individually by the department Chair)


Admission Advice 

1. Most students enter into the Bachelor of Journalism program at the first year and complete four years of study in the program. Alternatively, students may transfer into the program at the third year after completing 60 credits of post-secondary study.

Admission is competitive; preference is given to applicants whose post-secondary studies show evidence of strong writing skills; a good understanding of Canadian history, politics, and economy; strong problem solving and critical thinking abilities; good oral communication and interpersonal skills; a basic understanding of visual design; and a general familiarity with computers.

2. Contact an academic advisor if you have any questions about the admission requirements for this program.

3. If you intend to transfer to TRU from other institutions, please check the BC Transfer Guide to ensure that your courses will transfer.

 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy TRU's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Summary

For students whose first language is not English and wish to enter academic programs without attending ESL courses, you must provide one of the following (minimum scores):

  • TOEFL iBT score of 88 overall, with no section below 20
  • TOEFL paper-based 570 overall, with a 4.5 on the test of written English
  • IELTS score of 6.5, with no bands below 6.0
  • MELAB score of 81
  • CanTEST score of 4.5 with no component below 4.0
  • CAEL score of 70, with no subset below 60

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Skills - You must have adequate English language skills to participate in your intended program of study.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the program-specific admission requirements of your intended program. To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Business/Arts/Science degree program, you will need to have completed BC Grade 12 (or equivalent).

 

Out-of-Province

You must meet the program-specific admission requirements of your intended program. To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Business/Arts/Science degree program, you will need to have completed BC Grade 12 (or equivalent).

 

BC Transfer Student

If you have previous education or training, you may be eligible for credit toward your TRU program. For details on Transfer Credit, please check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have previous education or training, you may be eligible for credit toward your TRU program. For details on Transfer Credit, please check here.

Mature Student

If you do not meet the admission requirements for your intended program it's possible to gain entry through mature student status. To be classified as a mature student you must be at least 19 years old and have been out of school for at least two years. In such cases the grade level requirement (eg -Grade 10, Grade 12) will be waived however individual course prerequisites must still be met (eg-English 10, English 12).

Special Note: It's possible to make up course prerequisites for your intended program through TRU.

 

International Student

For details on International Student Admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

TRU may establish categories for Special Admission where it is considered that previous training and/or work experience is adequate to provide a potential for success in the program. Contact a TRU academic advisor for more details.

How to Apply

For details on How to Apply, please check here.

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