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Master of Science in Journalism

Medill is home to one of the best graduate journalism programs in the world. Here you will learn enduring professional skills and values as well as new techniques and technologies you need to succeed in today’s fast-paced, digital media landscape

Advance your career

Our Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ) degree is designed to give you the skills and training needed to help you launch and accelerate your career in journalism and media. At Medill, you also join a network of more than 15,000 alumni working in journalism, media, communications and other industries all over the world.

Quick Facts

MSJ Class Profile: 1 year, in Evanston and Chicago, 25.9 average age, 128 students

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Specialize in a subject area or method

As a Medill journalism master’s student, you will select a subject area or method specialization. In addition to strengthening your journalism skills in the MSJ program, these specializations allow you to develop a deep expertise in a specific area that interests you.

Specialization Options

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Business, Money and Markets

We’ll teach you the specialized skills you need to report on business and financial news that directly impacts people, companies, economies and governments.

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Health, Environment and Science

Follow your passion for medicine, healthcare, science and the environment as you pursue stories anywhere in the world, from medical research labs to environmental hot spots.

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Magazine

Learn how print and digital magazine content are assembled and published. Write, edit and conceptualize stories and gain an understanding of strong narrative storytelling.

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Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Combine your love of journalism with your entrepreneurial spirit, and learn to lead, launch or build digital media businesses.

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Media Strategy and Leadership

Take your journalism career to the next level by learning strategy and leadership skills that will arm you with the experience to succeed in the digital age.

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Politics and National Security

Learn to cover politics and the latest advances in national security, and work as a credentialed reporter in the nation’s capital.

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Social Justice and Investigative Reporting

Use your journalism skills to shine light on injustice and inequality. Learn how to make a difference in the lives of those who are disenfranchised, vulnerable or oppressed.

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Sports Media

Go beyond game coverage by learning to tackle commentaries, profiles and analyses that sports fans love. Your training will take you onto the field and behind the scenes at sporting events.

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Video and Broadcast

Develop your skills in areas such as TV news, video storytelling and documentary. Use our state-of-the-art video equipment and studios to hone your craft.

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Report Around the World

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Medill Explores

Medill Explores are faculty-led learning adventures that include domestic or international travel.

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Global Residency

Gain professional experience by spending 10-12 weeks abroad in an optional fifth quarter.

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Connect to a Powerful Alumni Network

George RR Martin (BSJ70, MSJ71)

George R.R. Martin
Author of “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels

Martin's novels were adapted by HBO into the dramatic series “Game of Thrones.”

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Clara Jeffery (MSJ93)

Clara Jeffery (MSJ93)
Editor-in-Chief
Mother Jones Magazine

Mother Jones was named 2017 Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

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Kelly McEvers (MSJ97)

Kelly McEvers (MSJ97)
Host, “All Things Considered”
NPR

Previously, McEvers was a correspondent covering the Middle East, including the Syrian confict, for NPR.

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Learn from Top Journalists

Beth Bennett

Beth Bennett (MSJ97)

Assistant Dean of Journalism
Bennett is an award-winning producer and reporter with more than 15 years of experience in broadcast television news and video production. Her experience spans many areas of television news, including on-air reporting, studio/booth producing and field producing.

Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker (BSJ80, MSJ81)

Associate Dean of Journalism and Professor
An expert in magazine journalism, Whitaker has won numerous awards for his teaching. He was a senior editor at Ebony magazine, where he covered two U.S. presidential campaigns. He has worked at the Miami Herald and the Louisville (Ky.) Times.

J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande (BSJ92)

Director of Sports Journalism and Associate Professor
Adande was a columnist for ESPN.com for nine years, covering the NBA and working as a sideline reporter for NBA games, and he served as a panelist for ESPN’s “Around the Horn.”

Build Your Skills and Network

Knight Lab

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Explore how technology changes the way we report, consume and share news and information. Work with a team to develop new technology tools for journalists.

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Medill Justice Project

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Examine potentially wrongful convictions, probe national systemic criminal-justice issues and conduct groundbreaking research with guidance from seasoned investigative journalists.

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Social Justice News Nexus

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Come together with Chicago journalists and media activists to report on and probe social justice issues.

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Train with Medill from Coast to Coast

Chicago

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Take classes at our space in downtown Chicago, located in the Loop among top media companies and with easy access to journalists, many of whom are Medill alumni.

Washington, D.C.

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Spend a quarter or more as a credentialed journalist in Washington, D.C., reporting on Congress, the White House and politics.

San Francisco

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Study design and examine the intersection of technology and innovation at our San Francisco campus, right in the middle of the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial culture.  

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Application Deadlines

  • Summer start: Dec. 1
  • Fall start: Jan. 15

Application requirements