Program Information

School: Western University
Faculty: Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Mass Communication/Media Studies
Description: Are you moved by crisis in Darfur? Do social movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street interest you? Do you want to work for a public service or a non-profit organization? Then the Media and the Public Interest (MPI) program might be for you. The MPI program is the only one of its kind in Canada and connects issues of communication and media to social justice issues such as democracy, equity, class, race, and gender. Students in MPI examine social movements and how media can be used to further these causes. Some example courses in the MPI program include Alternative Media, Social Movements and Media, and Activism in Mainstream Media.

A primary goal of the program is to connect media theory learned in the classroom to real world experiences. Students are encouraged to put what they learn to use. Many of the MPI courses feature a service learning component or practicum that gives students the opportunity to volunteer in a community organization.

URL: Media & the Public Interest at Western University
Length: 3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $30,764
Careers: Managers in Publishing

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 80 to 86

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Test Scores:

  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 83] or Test of Written English (part of TOEFL) [min. 5]