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Certificate in
News Studies

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.

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Admission Criteria

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, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, 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 Sequence

Students are required to take the courses in the following sequence:
CNNS 101
Electives (five selections)

Required Course

CNNS 101   News Studies:  Introduction to News Studies

Electives (select five)

CJRN 401   Journalism:  History of Journalism
CJRN 404   Journalism:  Journalism's Best
CJRN 412   Journalism:  Documentary Survey
CNNS 102   News Studies:  Understanding Multimedia Journalism
CNNS 344   News Studies:  Making a Difference: How Journalism Matters
CNNS 500   News Studies:  Journalism and the Arts
CNNS 502   News Studies:  Journalism and the World of Business
CNNS 505   News Studies:  Health and Science Journalism
CNNS 512   News Studies:  Reporting Sports

Note to registered certificate program students
CJRN 123 deleted.
CNNS 344 added.