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Curriculum

The MSJ Magazine curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth knowledge in magazine and long-form narrative. You’ll also have an opportunity to take a few additional elective courses that match your interests and career goals.

In addition to coursework, the MSJ program offers a variety of experiences that enable you to travel to different cities and countries, gain additional skills, meet alumni and industry professionals, and plan for post-graduation.

Course Overview

Core courses

  • Journalism Methods
  • Frameworks for Modern Journalism
  • Ethics and Law
  • Foundations of Interactive Journalism
  • Foundations of Video Journalism
  • Advanced News Reporting

Specialization-specific courses

  • Interactive Magazine Storytelling
  • Magazine Editing
  • Feature and Magazine Writing

Elective courses

View sample elective courses on our MSJ curriculum page.

Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 (fall)

  • Take core MSJ courses.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 2 (winter)

  • Take core MSJ courses, a specialization-specific course and an elective course.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 3 (spring)

  • Take specialization-specific courses and elective courses.
  • Travel domestically or internationally with students in your specialization through Medill Explores to learn about storytelling in other geographies.
  • Engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 4 (summer)

  • Complete a practicum or thesis project or take elective courses.
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Optional Quarter 5 (fall)