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Specializations

As an MSJ student, you will select a specialization area that matches your career goals and interests. In addition to foundational MSJ courses, you will take classes specific to your specialization. All students select a specialization, and you will indicate which specialization you want to pursue on your application.

Some specializations start in summer and others start in fall.

Summer Start Specializations

Business, Money and Markets

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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

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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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Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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

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Media Strategy and Leadership

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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

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Politics and National Security

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

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Social Justice and Investigative Reporting

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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

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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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Sports Media

Fall Start Specializations

Video and Broadcast

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Magazine

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

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Video and Broadcast

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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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