Journalism (Joint Program)

Journalism students editing footage from live recording.

Why study Journalism at UTSC?

  • UTSC offers a joint program of study with Centennial College based on both cutting-edge research and contemporary industry skills, with an Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Journalism from Centennial College. 
  • UTSC provides Journalism students with the best approaches to critical thinking and understanding of the world of Journalism. 
  • You will learn ‘how’ and ‘why’ news is produced the way it is by exploring the news industry, news producers, news users, and news content, and the relationship of all these components. 
  • Centennial College Journalism provides students with the skills and the tools they need to be successful in the rapidly changing media landscape. 
  • You will learn to report, write and produce mobile and multiplatform journalism in a fast-paced news environment.
  • You will talk to and report on newsmakers using the latest digital technologies and social media – telling stories with words, images and video.
  • The UTSC/Centennial Joint Journalism program arranges four-month internships with a range of the best news organizations in Canada’s media capital – Toronto. 
  • Our graduates go on to successful careers in journalism (both in Canada and abroad), media, graduate school, law school and corporate communications. 


Should you have any questions regarding the Journalism program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.


Kenzie Burchell | Assistant Professor, Co-director

Hadiya Roderique | Assistant Professor

Sherry Yu | Associate Professor, Co-director

Retired Faculty

Jeffrey Dvorkin | Lecturer 

Journalism Joint Program FAQ

Entry to the program may be gained directly from high school or after the completion of one year of university study (or equivalent qualifications).

For non-UTSC Students (including graduating high school students and students from other divisions of U of T):

  1. Complete the appropriate application for admission. If you are uncertain about which application to use, see our Admissions website. Your application is processed initially at the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) which then sends your application details to U of T. After you apply, you will receive an acknowledgement of your application from OUAC, and also from U of T directly, that will include an Application Guide with instructions about documents to be submitted directly to U of T.
  2. Receive the outcome of your application from U of T directly.

UTSC students:

  1. Declare program on ACORN


The academic courses are taken on the UTSC campus at 1265 Military Trail. The practical journalism classes are held at Centennial College's School of Communications, Media and Design in East York (Centennial College - Story Arts Centre). 

The academic courses at UTSC may be completed on a part-time basis. However, students must be full-time when doing the professional journalism courses at Centennial.

By completing the general degree requirements outlined in the UTSC Calendar--including one of these collaborative programs--you can qualify for an honours degree from the University of Toronto. You will also qualify for an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Journalism from Centennial College.  

You should consult the ACM Program Manager to discuss this further. It is important that you take the UTSC courses for the program as soon as you are eligible to do so, so that you will be ready to begin your work at Centennial at the appropriate time. If you do not prepare appropriately, your access to Centennial courses may be affected, possibly delaying your graduation. 

Note that although 50% is a passing grade at UTSC, a final grade of 60% or above is required in all Centennial College courses in order to continue with the curriculum. Students with final grade between 50% to 60% will have to repeat the course as an extra (EXT) credit. Note that you are required to maintain a CGPA of 2.0 to remain in the program.

Should you have any questions regarding the Journalism programe at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.  

All students interested in post-secondary education in Ontario must apply via the OUAC website. Search under University of Toronto Scarborough (found under the University of Toronto entry) under the category "Journalism (Joint Program with Centennial College)" (program code TSJ); you will also need to choose 'Journalism' under the 'Subject of Major Interest' drop-down menu on the following page. If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Learn how to declare your program on ACORN (see here for details). If you have any questions, please send us an email.