Medill’s one-year graduate journalism program gives students unique opportunities and experiences that prepare them to launch careers in media.

Method Specializations

Magazine Reporting and Writing

In the magazine reporting and writing storytelling method you'll immerse yourself in learning how print and digital magazine content is assembled and published.


Video and Broadcast

Whether you want to be on camera, involved in television production or do documentary work, video/broadcast could be the concentration for you.


Subject-Area Specializations

Business, Money and Markets

The field of business journalism is dynamic, prosperous and growing every day. Medill will give you the specialized skills needed to prepare you to report on financial news that directly impacts people, businesses, economies and governments.


Health, Environment and Science

Medill students in the Health, Environment and Science Journalism program are traveling the world to tell some of the most important and interesting stories.


Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

If you’re excited about the idea of leading, launching or helping build digital media businesses, Medill’s Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialization is for you.


Sports Media

The Medill Sports Media Specialization introduces students to the vast array of professional opportunities available in the worlds of sports journalism, communications and marketing.


Graduate Journalism Exclusive Opportunities

Chicago Newsroom

Graduate journalism students report from Medill's Chicago newsroom, working on news stories for both Web and print as well as for various local media outlets.


Washington Newsroom

Medill's newsroom in D.C. is unique in graduate journalism education. Students work with media partners to get stories published in national outlets.


Global Residency Program

Medill's Global Residency Program is unique opportunity that allows students to spend an optional fifth-quarter in a residency placement at a news organization outside the U.S.


National Security Journalism Initiative

Through the Politics and National Security Specialization, Medill graduate journalism students travel globally for a three-month reporting project to cover issues ranging from the polio war in Pakistan to Bangladesh’s efforts to reduce the devastating effects of climate change.


Innovation Projects

Students participate in Medill's pioneering Innovation Projects, working in immersive team settings to solve real problems in the media industry.


Medill Fridays

Medill Fridays provide unique opportunities to broaden the spectrum of your learning experience beyond the classroom.


Medill Explores

Medill Explores allows MSJ students to go on a variety of learning adventures during a week-long suspension of classes. Students choose among trips and programs, led by faculty and staff, that have included South Africa, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Pakistan and more.


Dual Degree Programs

East China Normal University

Medill's dual degree program with East China Normal University will prepare international students for broadcast journalism roles in China. Students will spend two years at East China Normal University and one year at Medill. Students must be enrolled at East China Normal University to participate in the dual-degree program. For more information about this program, please contact Melissa Sersland, assistant director of graduate admissions at Medill, at 847-491-5042 or

Hong Kong Baptist University

Medill's dual degree program with Hong Kong Baptist University will allow students to spend one year studying journalism at Hong Kong Baptist and nine months studying journalism at Medill. For more information about this program, please contact Melissa Sersland, assistant director of graduate admissions at Medill, at 847-491-5042 or

Medill Free Online Courses

Open Online Courses

Northwestern has partnered with the online learning platform Coursera to provide universal access to short courses in areas our faculty teach and research. Medill offers online courses in three areas of specialization – and all are open to any interested learner. Please note these courses will not count for academic credit in any of Medill's undergraduate or graduate programs.