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2024-2025 MSJ Deadlines

Application for Fall 2024 will remain open unil May 31. All applicants must have their application, with all accompanying application materials (i.e., letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) submitted by May 31.

Application for Fall 2025 will go live on August 1, 2024.

Program Round 1 MSJ Round 2 MSJ Round 3 MSJ
Application Deadline December 4, 2023 January 19, 2024 April 1, 2024
Last Day to Interview December 15, 2023 February 16, 2024 April 12, 2024
Decision Notification February 9, 2024 March 28, 2024 May 10, 2024


The application review process is the same for all three Rounds, and all admitted students will be considered for merit-based scholarships regardless of the Round they choose. 

Each deadline has a corresponding decision notification date. Decisions are not released on a rolling basis; instead, applicants who have submitted completed applications by the deadline can expect a decision by the notification date below. A completed application means that all your transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, application fee and required essays have been received by our office and included with your application. Applicants can view whether their application is complete by checking their application portal. Applications that are submitted but missing required elements, such as a letter of recommendation or missing transcript, will not be reviewed until all materials have been received. As a result, applications that are incomplete are not guaranteed a decision by their corresponding notification date.

Applicants must choose ONE journalism specialization on their admissions application. All specializations start in the fall quarter, September 2024.

MSJ Specializations
Health, Environment and Science Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs
Magazine Social Justice and Solutions Journalism
Media Innovation and Content Strategy Sports Media
Medill Investigative Lab Chicago Video and Broadcast
Medill Investigative Lab D.C.

Visit our application requirements page to learn about the items that are needed when you apply.

If you have any questions, please contact our admissions team.