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Application Requirements

Selecting a Specialization

When you apply, you must choose one program specialization on your admissions application. The selected specialization will determine when you start the MSJ program (summer or fall). It is important to select a specialization that matches your desired quarter of entry. 

For Medill Investigative Lab applicants: Given limited spots in the Medill Investigative Lab (MIL) specialization, you may be admitted to the MSJ program but not MIL. In this case, you would be admitted to Medill Investigative Program Chicago.

Applications by Current Northwestern Undergraduates

If you are a current Northwestern undergraduate who is not a Medill student, you do not need to pay the application fee and may request a waiver of the GRE/GMAT test requirement.

If you are a current Medill undergraduate:

  • You do not need to pay the application fee and may request a waiver of the GRE/GMAT test requirement.
  • One of your letters of recommendation must be from a Medill faculty member whose course you have completed.
  • You should submit a published clip or article written for a Medill journalism class for your writing sample.
  • If you are interested in applying to the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP), earn a master’s degree in three quarters instead of four quarters, before submitting your application you should schedule an appointment to meet with Director of Academic Advising Daniel MacKenzie in the Medill Office of Student Life to discuss your interest and eligibility to apply as an AMP student.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

All admitted students, including international students, are considered for merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application for applicants to be considered for scholarships; merit-based scholarships are awarded based on the content of your admissions application.

The only Medill scholarships that require an additional essay are the Comer scholarship (offered to students applying to the Health, Environment and Sciences specialization) and the Simmons Family Scholarship for Sports Journalism (offered to students applying for the Sports Media specialization) Please submit those essays in the MSJ Essays section of the application.

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and would like to apply for federal financial aid, you may do so after you are admitted. Instructions for how to apply for federal financial aid will be sent directly to admitted students.

Mailing your application materials

Send materials that cannot be uploaded or entered into your online application account to:

Medill Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid
Northwestern University
1845 Sheridan Road
Suite 104
Evanston, IL 60208-2101

Please note that application materials become property of Northwestern University and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application. You can also email materials to Medill Graduate Admissions.

Medill reserves the right to revoke admission if new information is obtained that would warrant such action.

In exceptional circumstances, Medill reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to waive any documentation normally required for admission. Medill also reserves the right to admit or deny admission whenever it believes that it has sufficient evidence to do so.

Northwestern University reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this application or instructions concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses.

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While Northwestern University is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression, discrimination and harassment identified in this policy are neither legally protected expression nor the proper exercise of academic freedom.

For advice or assistance regarding this policy, see Office of Equity - Northwestern University

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