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Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Name change from Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Graduate Diploma in Journalism is for journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills in the profession. The programme is also a good fit for anyone with an interest in journalistic writing.

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:

  • The history of journalism
  • Media law and ethics
  • Feature writing and freelancing
  • Investigative reporting
  • Editing and publishing
  • 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 at your university for more details.

Internationally recognised

Massey University’s business and management studies in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration, communication and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

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


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
Lauren Prestney
Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies
Senior Marketing and Communications Advisor

“I truly do recommend Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies course. It’s stimulating, practical and well-directed…”

After four years working in a marketing and communications role, I wanted the best advice on how to hone my writing skills and develop the raw talent I had in my chosen field. Massey’s journalism school’s reputation drew me to enrol, and once there I was delighted with the course content, which was practical, diverse and had helpful real-world connections.

We were guided by lecturers and tutors who were inspiring and had practical experience.

As I was working part-time while completing my studies, I was able to use my own not-for-profit organisation as a case study and this added fantastic value for my workplace. Shortly after completing the course, I was promoted to Marketing and Communications Manager. I am now a Senior Marketing and Communications Advisor for a New Zealand Government agency.

I truly do recommend Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies course. It’s stimulating, practical and well-directed. Going back to university was incredibly rewarding. You learn more because you have some context to apply to the ideas discussed and, back at the office, you are more confident in your work as you are armed with the most up-to-date knowledge. And knowledge is power!

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