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Master of Science
in Journalism

Advance your journalism career with Medill

Join one of the best and most prestigious graduate journalism programs in the world. Learn enduring professional skills and values as well as new techniques to succeed in today's fast-paced, digital media landscape.

  • Experience real-world reporting in local and international environments.
  • Benefit from the reputation of Northwestern, a top-10 university.
  • Medill's Master of Science in Journalism degree is a STEM-designated program.
  • Join a high-quality network of more than 18,000 alumni working in journalism, media, communications and other industries all over the world.
  • Program quick facts
  • Length
    1 Year
  • Location
    Chicago
  • Students in Class
    154
  • Average Work Experience
    1.5 Years

Our Graduates Go On To Work For Top Media Outlets and Companies

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Specializations for the Master's in Journalism

As a Medill journalism master’s student, you will select a subject area or reporting 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.

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Business, Economics and Money

Learn how to uncover financial stories and present them in ways that help your audience understand their critical importance.

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Health, Environment & 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 Content Strategy

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

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Medill Investigative Programs

Work side-by-side with veteran journalists on investigations of national importance. The investigative skills you learn in these specializations – one entirely in Chicago and one with time in Washington, D.C. – will serve you well in your career no matter what area of journalism you pursue.

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Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs

Learn to cover politics and policy and the latest in foreign affairs as a credentialed reporter in the nation’s capital.

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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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Social Justice and Solutions Journalism

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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Master's In Journalism Exclusive Opportunities

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Medill Explores

Through Medill Explores, you will have access to a variety of week-long learning and reporting adventures, many of which include domestic or international travel.

Learn More About Medill Explores
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Guest Speakers

We offer access to an unmatched array of guest speakers who work in a wide variety of media. These speakers share their expertise and network with Medill students while visiting campus.

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Medill Fridays

On Fridays throughout your first quarter, you'll hear from industry expert visitors, attend workshops to learn about specific topics and connect with your fellow Medill students in an informal setting.

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Curriculum

The MSJ curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism and then allows you the flexibility to select a specialization area that matches your interests and career goals.

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Pulitzer Center and Medill Post-Graduate Reporting Fellowship

Medill partners with the Pulitzer Center to offer grants to select students proposing important immersive journalism projects in the U.S. or abroad.

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Coast-to-Coast Training &
Real World Experiences

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Chicago

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.

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San Francisco

Study design thinking 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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Washington, D.C.

Train at Medill’s D.C. campus and work as a credentialed journalist reporting on Congress, the White House, politics and national security.

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Your Medill Journalism Network

Pradnya Joshi
Natasha Alford.
Drake Hills.
Rahel Solomon.
Christine Brennan.
Pradnya Joshi
Pradnya Joshi (BSJ93, MSJ94)
National Weekend Editor, The Washington Post
Natasha Alford.
Natasha Alford (MSJ14)
Vice President of Digital Content & Senior Correspondent, theGrio
Drake Hills.
Drake Hills (MSJ19)
Sports Reporter, Tennessean
Rahel Solomon.
Rahel Solomon (MSJ13)
Correspondent, CNN
Christine Brennan.
Christine Brennan (BSJ80, MSJ81)
Sports Columnist, USA Today

Pradnya Joshi (BSJ93, MSJ94)National Weekend Editor, The Washington Post

"I was fortunate that many places I’ve applied to have had many great, hard-working Medill graduates. Several of my bosses have been Medill graduates, although that didn’t mean I had it easier than other co-workers. Before applying to any job, you should use any network you have to research the position, the company culture and expectations of the job. The Medill network usually steps up."

Natasha Alford (MSJ14)Vice President of Digital Content & Senior Correspondent, theGrio

Natasha S. Alford is an award-winning journalist, digital host, and millennial media executive. As Vice President of Digital Content and a Senior Correspondent at theGrio, she leads a national team in reporting the most critical news and issues impacting the African-American community. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Oprah Mag, and she's been a guest contributor on CNN, MSNBC, The Breakfast Club, and Sirius XM.

Drake Hills (MSJ19)Sports Reporter, Tennessean

"I've developed a core belief: find your niche and cultivate it with your skillset. Our niche reflects our brand and our brand reflects our purpose. We are not simply happy to be there. We are built at Medill to stand out."

Rahel Solomon (MSJ13)Correspondent, CNN

Rahel Solomon is a correspondent covering global business news for CNN International and CNN. She was previously a general assignment reporter for CNBC Business News. Prior to CNBC, Rahel was a morning news anchor for CBS3 in her hometown of Philadelphia, Pa.

Christine Brennan (BSJ80, MSJ81)Sports Columnist, USA Today

“I feel so fortunate and so lucky to be able to give back to the university and the school that gave me everything. If I didn’t go to Medill, am I doing all this? Maybe, but I don’t know. I will never thank Northwestern enough. I will never thank Medill enough. I will never thank all the professors who helped me and taught me enough.”
Ava Thompson Greenwell
Karen Springen
J.A. Adande
Craig Duff
Elise De Los Santos
Chris Benson.
Ceci Rodgers
Arionne Nettles
Jeremy Gilbert
Ava Thompson Greenwell
Ava Thompson Greenwell
Professor
Karen Springen
Karen Springen
Assistant Professor
J.A. Adande
J.A. Adande
Associate Professor and Director of Sports Journalism
Craig Duff
Craig Duff
Professor
Elise De Los Santos
Elise De Los Santos
Lecturer
Chris Benson.
Chris Benson
Associate Professor
Ceci Rodgers
Ceci Rodgers
Assistant Professor and Director of Global Journalism Learning
Arionne Nettles
Arionne Nettles
Lecturer and Director of Audio Journalism Programming
Jeremy Gilbert
Jeremy Gilbert
Knight Professor in Digital Media Strategy

Ava Thompson GreenwellProfessor

Ava Thompson Greenwell teaches reporting classes at Medill. A Chicago native, she is the director/producer of Mandela in Chicago, a documentary film about the city’s anti-apartheid movement. She is also author of Ladies Leading: The Black Women Who Control Television News.

Karen SpringenAssistant Professor

Karen Springen leads the graduate journalism Magazine Specialization, and teaches undergraduate and graduate reporting and writing classes. She advises several student groups, including the student-run North by Northwestern magazine.

J.A. AdandeAssociate Professor and Director of Sports Journalism

J.A. Adande has worked in sports media for over two and a half decades, including multiple roles at ESPN and 10 years as a sports columnist at the Los Angeles Times, in addition to jobs at The Washington Post and Chicago Sun-Times. He has covered a broad array of sports and events, including 20 NBA Finals, Super Bowls, the World Series, the Stanley Cup finals, the Olympics, the World Cup, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Masters. He continues to appear on ESPN’s “Around The Horn,” where he has been a panelist since the show’s beginning in 2002.

Craig DuffProfessor

Craig Duff is a professor at Medill and also the graduate journalism Video and Broadcast Specialization leader. He is an award-winning video journalist and documentary television director, producer and writer, specializing in multi-platform storytelling and solo journalism.

Elise De Los SantosLecturer

Elise De Los Santos is a lecturer at Medill and the editor of Medill Reports. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on reporting and writing.

Chris BensonAssociate Professor

Christopher Benson, a journalist and lawyer, is an associate professor of journalism. As a professional journalist, Benson has worked as Washington editor for Ebony magazine, city hall reporter in Chicago for WBMX-FM, and as a contributor for The Chicago Reporter, writing a weekly online column on justice, race and media issues. Additionally, he has contributed feature articles to Chicago, Savoy, and The Crisis magazines, and has contributed commentary to The Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ceci RodgersAssistant Professor and Director of Global Journalism Learning

Ceci Rodgers is an assistant professor and director of global journalism learning at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and president-elect of the Faculty Senate. Rodgers teaches business and economics reporting courses, as well as video journalism and basic writing and reporting to graduate and undergraduate students. She is the faculty adviser for the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and leads the school’s global academic programs

Arionne NettlesLecturer and Director of Audio Journalism Programming

Arionne Nettles is a lecturer and director of audio journalism programming at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

Jeremy GilbertKnight Professor in Digital Media Strategy

Jeremy Gilbert is the Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy. Both his work and teaching focus on the content and revenue strategies of existing and emerging media companies. He explores the intersection of technology and media, examining how new tools and techniques will affect the creation, consumption and distribution of media.

Featured Student Work

Sam Ryder of the United States reacts to his hole-in-one with his caddie .

Sam Ryder’s parents reflect on their son’s 'shot heard round the world' at WM Phoenix Open

Lauren Withrow (MSJ22) who published her story on the PGA Tour during her Medill Explores trip.

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Jordan E. Cooper.

How a 26-year-old entertainer went from sitting outside Broadway shows he couldn't afford to running a BET sitcom

Kayla Grant (MSJ22) writes for Insider about Jordan E. Cooper's career as showrunner for BET+'s "The Ms. Pat Show."

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On the south side, a quest to keep Black baseball alive

Matthew Richie (MSJ22) writes for Chicago Reader about how the Morgan Park Mustangs baseball team.

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How Uber and Lyft get what they want

Michael Korsh (MSJ22) writes for Crain's Chicago Business about the business practices of Uber and Lyft.

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