This certificate program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of how journalists gather, report, analyze, and explain what is considered “news.” It is of interest to those whose work intersects with journalists, media relations personnel, individuals interested in news and the media, and students interested in pursuing a career in communications.
For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/newsstudies.
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It is recommended that applicants have the following:
OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status.
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
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,
The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.
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.
Students are required to take the courses in the following sequence:
Electives (five selections)
Introduction to News Studies
Electives (select five)
Ethics and Law in the Practice of Journalism
History of Journalism
Understanding Multimedia Journalism
Journalism and the Arts
Journalism and the World of Business
Health and Science Journalism