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Certificate in
Magazine and Web Publishing

The Certificate in Magazine and Web Publishing is designed to provide essential knowledge and skills in all aspects of producing a magazine, from management through writing to editing to ad sales, circulation, and production. Students in the certificate come from various backgrounds:

  • those planning a career in the web publishing or magazine industry, either staff or freelance
  • those working at a magazine or website, large or small, and looking to sharpen the skills they use in their job and/or broaden their knowledge of the other disciplines within their company
  • those thinking of starting up their own magazine or website

Instructors with extensive experience, all of whom currently work in the field, offer professional-level teaching that combines a solid theoretical base with practical training.

Magazines Canada recognizes the high level of quality and professionalism that Ryerson brings to its Magazine and Web Publishing certificate program.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/magazine.

See more courses and programs relating to Communication and Media.

Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

Undergraduate degree, or mature student status with acceptable professional experience in publishing or a related field. You may take individual courses without pursuing the certificate.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

All applicants are encouraged to attend a Program Open House, or may contact The Chang School at 416.979.5035 or ce@ryerson.ca.

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of seven 39-hour courses, or the equivalent, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

Courses need not be taken in any particular order.

CDJN 112   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine and Website Publishing
CDJN 113   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine and Website Editing


Electives (five 39-hour courses or equivalent combination of electives totalling 195 hours)

39-Hour Courses

CDJN 116   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Introduction to Magazine Design
CDJN 117   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Writing for Magazines and the Web
CDJN 118   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Advanced Feature Writing
CDJN 119   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine Copy Editing
CDJN 205   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine Production


19.5-Hour Courses

Students may substitute two of the following 19.5-hour courses for any of the above 39-hour electives.

CDJN 120   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine Fact-Checking and Research
CDJN 121   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine Packaging
CDJN 122   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Advanced Magazine Editing
CDJN 123   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Success as a Freelancer
CDJN 124   Magazine and Web Publishing:  The Art of Pitching
CDJN 201   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine Advertising Sales and Marketing
CDJN 202   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine Marketing and Circulation
CDJN 204   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Layout Software for Magazine Editors
CDJN 206   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Creating Website Editorial
CDJN 207   Magazine and Web Publishing:  The Online Publishing Toolkit
CDJN 208   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Ad Sales on the Web


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CDJN 121   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Magazine Packaging
CDJN 206   Magazine and Web Publishing:  Creating Website Editorial