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Graduate Diploma in Journalism

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Manawatu Campus


Study a Graduate Diploma in Journalism – GDipJ

The Graduate Diploma in Journalism enables you to study another subject without completing a second bachelor’s degree. The graduate diploma is a bridging tool to gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a specific area so you can go on to postgraduate study.

The diploma will develop your understanding of both theoretical and applied issues in journalism and related areas. Topics covered include:

news reporting and writing

audio-visual journalism

media law and ethics and court reporting

investigative reporting

political journalism

editing for journalism or communication

public relations.

Becoming a journalist

If you are not yet a journalist and wish to become one, instead look at our Bachelor of Communication (Journalism).


You can do journalism studies courses as part of a communication, arts, business, or other degree. If you are studying at a university other than Massey, it is likely you can arrange to have journalism studies courses cross-credited to your degree. Ask your university for more details.

Courses in the Graduate Diploma in Journalism also form the journalism studies major in the Bachelor of Communication.

A GDipJ is a good fit if you:

are a journalist who wishes to learn more about the profession

are a writer who wishes to enhance your writing skills and knowledge

are interested in finding out more about journalism before committing to a higher level of study.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Journalism you will:

have been awarded or qualified for an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification, or

have been admitted to the qualification on the basis of equivalent relevant professional experience.

To ensure this qualification is right for you, you will be required to submit a short personal statement detailing why you wish to study this qualification and your relevant industry experience (if any).

If you already have an undergraduate degree, you are strongly advised to consider doing the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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