The Ghana Institute of Journalism was established on 16 October 1959 by Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah had a vision to train a patriotic cadre corps of journalists to play an effective role in the emancipation of the African continent hence established the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
The school was formally called School of Journalism which was a department at the Accra Technical Institute now Accra Polytechnic. The school had Mr Richard McMillan who was then due for retirement as the Director of the British Information Services in Ghana as its first principal and journalism tutor.
In 1974, the National Redemption Council (NRC) passed a legislative instrument (NRCD 275) formally establishing the Ghana Institute of Journalism. The decree set as objects of the Institute the following:
a) To train young men and women in the skills and techniques of journalism, mass communication, advertising and public relations.
b) To organise classes, lectures, seminars, demonstrations, experiments, researches and practical training in all aspects of journalism and mass communication.
President John Agyekum Kuffuor in 2009, granted the institute a Charter to award its own Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees.
The school got its presidential charter establishing it as a university in 2009. The charter allowed the institute to self exist with the ability to award its own certificates, diplomas and degrees for its accredited programmes. This has severed the institute’s affiliation with the University of Ghana.
The school runs Diploma, Bachelor of Arts and Masters programme.
The Diploma Programme is a 2 year programme consists of communication, social sciences and arts subjects.
The Bachelor of Arts programme is a 4 year programme with options of specializing in either Journalism or Public Relations.
The Masters Programmes is a 1 year programme with options to specialise in Public Relations, Journalism, Media Management and Development Communication.
► B. A. IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Applicants must possess passes (A – D) in six (6) subjects comprising three (3) core subjects, including English, Mathematics and three (3) elective subjects with an overall aggregate of 24 or better.
Applicants must possess passes(A1-C6) in six (6) subjects comprising three (3) core subjects, including English, Mathematics and three (3) elective subjects with an overall aggregate of 36 or better.
► DIPLOMA IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES (REGULAR AND WEEKEND SESSIONS)
(Weekend Session – Lectures start from Fridays to Sundays)
Applicants must possess passes (A-D) in five (5) subjects comprising three (3) core subjects, including English, Mathematics and two (2) elective subjects with an overall aggregate of 20 or better.
Applicants must possess passes(A1-C6) in five (5) subjects comprising three (3) core subjects, including English, Mathematics and two (2) elective subjects with an overall aggregate of 30 or better.
MATURE STUDENTS (Who can apply?)
Persons wishing to enter the Ghana Institute of Journalism as Mature Students must not be less than 25 years old.
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- Credit Passes (A1 – C6 in WASSCE and A – D in SSSCE) in five (5) subjects comprising three core subjects, including English Language and Core Mathematics plus two (2) elective subjects
- Applicants whose qualifications do not meet the requirements for admission as in (i) above may be considered for admission on passing a special entrance examination conducted by the University and an interview. Applicants should note that those who meet the requirements for admission as in (i) above will not be required to take any entrance examination.
Applicants will be selected based on a competitive cut-off point for the year. Candidates awaiting results are eligible to apply.
► LEVEL 300 TOP-UP (WEEKEND SESSION)
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
- GIJ Diploma holders with a minimum Final Grade Point Average of 2.50 or Grade B or an equivalent Diploma from an Accredited Communication Training Institution with an average of Grade B are eligible to apply.
- Diploma holders with Final Grade Point Average of 3.25 from the following disciplines: Archival Studies, Public Administration, Social Administration, Education and Management Studies are eligible to apply.
- Higher National Diploma (HND) holders with a minimum of 2nd Class (Lower Division) in the following: Marketing, Information Technology, Secretaryship and Management Studies as well as Social Science and Humanities related programme not mentioned here are also eligible to apply.
- Degree holders with a minimum of 2nd Class (Lower Division) in the following: Information Studies, Information Technology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Social Studies, Theatre Studies, Marketing, Secretaryship, English, and French are eligible to apply.
- Final Year Diploma students are eligible to apply as awaiting results applicants. (Certificates should, however, be provided to complete the application process)
► INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students who hold equivalent qualifications are eligible to apply for any of the programmes.